Anthrax tested as therapy for bladder cancer

Researchers have come up with a way to use to toxin to kill cancer cells but not harm normal cells

It may sound like the opening to a zombie apocalypse film, but scientists have turned to anthrax as a potential ally in the fight against bladder cancer.

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Writing in the International Journal of Cancer, US researchers describe a potential new treatment that combines the anthrax toxin with the growth hormone, epidermal growth factor (EGF).

The EGF-anthrax mix is specifically designed to target cancer cells, which are exposed in the bladder lumen and overexpress the EGF receptor.

The highly targeted approach, which

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