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Food Preservative Kills Cancer Cells, Superbugs

Ann Arbor, MI — January 12, 2016 — A researcher at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is investigating the properties of a common food preservative that may lead to its use as a potential novel therapeutic for head and neck cancers. 

Dr. Yvonne Kapila, a professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, has been investigating nisin's antitumor potential in treating those cancers.  Her research is revealing that nisin can deliver a one-two punch.