An innovation from Swansea University has today been named as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for its significant impact on people’s everyday lives.
Professor Paul Dyson from the Medical Schoolis honoured in the UK’s Best Breakthroughs list for his pioneering work which has shown that Salmonella could be used to create better cancer treatments.
The research shows that unlike chemotherapy and radiotherapy, these treatments would be non-toxic, would target only the tumour, leaving healthy tissue unaffected, and could require only one dose. The technology at the heart of the approach is called RNAi, a natural process that cells use to turn down, or silence, the activity of specific genes.
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