TED - Tal Danino: We can use bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

Editor: Petter Reinholdtsen
Category: Velferd Samfunn
Uploaded: 05 May 2016
Length: 0:04:16 (filler)
First broadcast: Oct. 23, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works — and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.

TED talk downloaded from The Internet Archive.