Bacteriaare prokaryotic organisms that manifest in different categories.There are bacteria that are found beneficial and those that arepathogenic in nature. Beneficial bacteria have been applied acrossindustries to come up with a cure to diseases and even produce foodconsumed by human beings. This response seeks to evaluate a bacteriaaddressed in the news in the recent past.
Anarticle written by Shehab Khan on 18th February 2017 and publishedunder science news focuses on Salmonella bacteria. He argues that thebacteria can help in fighting cancer in human body. This is abacteria that is commonly associated with food poisoning(Meng,Altier, & Martin, 2013). According to the findings of thescientist, salmonella can infiltrate tumors in the human body andsubsequently enable the body`s immune system to act on the cancercells.
Theimmune system does not protect the body against cancer in that thecancer cells are never recognized by the body as foreign cells(Khan,2017). The article points out that the test has been carried out onanimals and a substantial success rate has been established.Specifically, a mouse with bowel cancer was cured without anycomplications whatsoever. This indicates the ability of strains ofsalmonella helping fight cancer cells. Originally it has been knownthat strains of salmonella bacteria grow in tumors but not in normalcells.
Itis, therefore, evident that strains of salmonella bacteria can beused for medical purposes. This article has indicated that salmonellahas been tested to be effective in helping to kill cancer cells inthe body. Although the method has not yet been introduced to betested in human beings, it is expected to be a success in the futureto help reduce cancer infections.
Khan,S. (2017). Salmonellacan help fight cancer, according to scientists. TheIndependent.Retrieved 19 March 2017, fromhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/salmonella-can-fight-cancer-chonnam-national-university-hwasun-hospital-a7587431.html
Meng,F., Altier, C., & Martin, G. (2013). Salmonella colonizationactivates the plant immune system and benefits from association withplant pathogenic bacteria. EnvironmentalMicrobiology, 15(9),2418-2430. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.12113