Professor Michael Lisanti and his wife Federica Sotgia were astounded to discover that a suggestion their eight-year-old daughter made over dinner could make an enormous impact on cancer research.

The couple, who work as cancer research scientists in Manchester University, recently asked their daughter Camilla how she would cure the deadly disease.

Their child was of the opinion that antibiotics could play a role in treating cancer and referred to the times they helped her when she had a sore throat.

The couple were sceptical, but upon testing their daughter's suggestion they learned that several cheap and widely available antibiotics actually destroyed cancers cells without affecting healthy cells within the body.

Discussing his daughter's contribution to cancer research, her proud father said: "I thought it was very naive to think you could cure cancer with antibiotics but at the end of the day Camilla was right."

Although Camilla's suggestion appeared to work when tested in the lab, it has yet to be tested on people.

A senior science communications officer from Cancer Research UK, Dr. Alan Worsley, spoke to The Independent regarding the development and said: "There's no indication from this work that these particular antibiotics would kill cancer cells in patients, or what sort of side effects there might be."

Professor Lisanti believes his child may be on to something however and said: "She is usually right about these things. She always has a snappy answer that makes sense."