Genetically Engineered Bacteria Are Sweet Success Against Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 22:14 in Health & Medicine

For the first time, scientists have used a genetically engineered "friendly" bacterium to deliver a therapy. The treatment is for bowel disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease for which there is no cure. The bacterium Bacteroides ovatus activates a protein when exposed to a specific sugar, xylan. The therapy has been proven to work in animals with colitis, one of the major forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

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