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effyeahmicrobiology:

 
Could bacteria be responsible for colon cancer? In papers published in the journal Genome Research, two research teams, working independently, describe a group of bacteria that are linked to higher rates of the disease.
Called Fusobacterium, this type of bacterium is very rarely found among the usual gut bugs, but it appears to flourish in colon cancer cells. “It was a huge surprise to me, because I didn’t expect to find any one class of bacteria [linked to colon cancer],” says Matthew Meyerson, a pathologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and senior author of one of the papers.
 

effyeahmicrobiology:

Could bacteria be responsible for colon cancer? In papers published in the journal Genome Research, two research teams, working independently, describe a group of bacteria that are linked to higher rates of the disease.

Called Fusobacterium, this type of bacterium is very rarely found among the usual gut bugs, but it appears to flourish in colon cancer cells. “It was a huge surprise to me, because I didn’t expect to find any one class of bacteria [linked to colon cancer],” says Matthew Meyerson, a pathologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and senior author of one of the papers.

 

(via themicrobiologist)

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