A glow-in-the-dark germ that can speed up treatment for leukaemia

UWE Bristol researchers have managed to harness the glow-in-the-dark properties of bacteria to help some leukaemia sufferers receive swifter treatment.

Bioluminescence – light emission from living organisms – increases in some bacteria when they come into contact with certain drugs. By engineering an e-coli with a high sensitivity to a chemotherapy drug, the scientists have developed a fast method to test whether the compound is the most suitable to fight acute myeloid leukaemia tumour cells.

Personalising leukaemia treatment video

Watch this film to learn more about UWE Bristol's ground-breaking research in leukaemia treatment. 

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