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  • Posted: 04/23/2013

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Radioactive bacteria target metastatic pancreatic cancer

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (home of the Albert Einstein Cancer Center) have developed a therapy for pancreatic cancer that uses Listeria bacteria to selectively infect tumor cells and deliver radioisotopes into them. The experimental treatment dramatically decreased the number of metastases (cancers that have spread to other parts of the body) in a mouse model of highly aggressive pancreatic cancer without harming healthy tissue. The study was published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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