TED Fellow Tal Danino programs bacteria to detect and treat cancer – and make art

Bacteria to detect and treat cancer — Interesting Read

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Did you know that bacteria can be programmed as though they were computers? Bioengineer and artist Tal Danino is working out how to instruct bacteria to enter cancerous tumors — where it can detect and treat the disease noninvasively. And when Danino isn’t tinkering with bacteria’s healing potential, he makes artwork with it.

With Danino’s TED talk posted just yesterday, he tells the TED Blog more about bacteria and how the artistic process drives his scientific research.

Tell us about your work in studying and programming bacteria.

There are two really interesting aspects to this. The first is that there’s this entire universe of bacteria inside of you, and in the last five to ten years, there’s been a revolution in figuring out what your microbiome does. It’s a really big part of your identity as well as a part of how you respond to and digest foods, how you develop certain diseases, allergies, and so on. Historically, we’ve…

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One thought on “TED Fellow Tal Danino programs bacteria to detect and treat cancer – and make art

  1. In order to Understand the significance of viral DNA to bacteria, recent studies have conducted to delete all of the viral DNA on the chromosome of a bacterium, in this case bacteria from a strain of E.coli. Hope this could be helpful in cancer research.

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