Benefiting From Salmonella

Salmonella typhimurium

What used to be a hateful bacteria Salmonella which used to cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps  is now a hope for treating. Researchers are hoping to use the benefits of salmonella by delivering anti-viral treatments.

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health have reprogrammed Salmonella, the same foodborne pathogen that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, to safely transport virus-stopping enzymes into cells without causing disease. Not only did this technique effectively treat mice infected with cytomegalovirus, it worked as an oral solution that was swallowed instead of injected.

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