Type of skin bacteria may help fight cancer

March 01, 2018 05:48 PM

Usually, when you hear about staph bacteria, it's not good news. However, researchers now say a certain strain of staph may help to protect against a certain type of cancer.    

The bacteria we are talking about actually live on our skin.

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a certain strain of staph produces a substance that can stop cancer cells from growing.

So far, they've only tested it on mice but say this may be effective against melanoma and squamous cell carcinomas.

More studies are needed to see if it has the same effect on humans.

The study is published in the journal “Science Advances.”


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