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From spinach scare to cancer care

In recent years, Salmonella has tainted foods including spinach, peanut butter and eggs, sickening thousands of people in the process. But researchers hope that these microbes will make headlines for a better reason: curing cancer. They want to harness Salmonella's special ability to thrive in oxygen-deprived conditions to target regions of solid tumors that are normally immune to conventional therapies. Elie Dolgin reports.

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Dolgin, E. From spinach scare to cancer care. Nat Med 17, 273–275 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm0311-273

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