NTU scientists use dead bacteria to kill colorectal cancer cells


Colorectal cancer is the number one cancer in Singapore and the third most commonly occurring cancer in the world. It is characterised by the uncontrolled growth of cells in the epithelial tissue of the large intestine. Like other cancers, treatment options for colorectal cancer haven’t changed much over the years and is still restricted to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. However, a group of NTU scientists from the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) led by Prof. Teoh Swee Hin and first author Madhura Satish have opened up a fourth dimension for the treatment of these cancers- using dead bacteria!