Promising 'Trojan Horse' Cells Kills Animal Cancer

Sydney biotech firm to begin human trials in coming months
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2009 1:58 AM CDT
Dyed breast cancer cells infuse tissue in this image.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Australian researchers have achieved promising results with a new approach to treating cancer, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Scientists have developed mutant bacteria nanocells that slip into tumor cells to switch off drug-resistant genes, and allow cancer-fighting drugs inside, also delivered by the nanocells. The strategy has achieved near-universal success in killing or halting cancer in mice and dogs, and scientists hope to begin clinical trials with human patients soon.