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NCRI 2019: Study suggests gut bacteria increases risk of bowel cancer

Written by Rachel Jenkins, Future Science Group

Recently presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference (3–5 November, Glasgow, UK), the study is the first to use a technique termed Mendelian randomization to investigate the causal role played by bacteria in the development of bowel cancer. Kaitlin Wade (University of Bristol, UK) commented: “I was interested to see whether variation in the human gut microbiome, like the number of bacteria or simply the numbers of different types of bacteria, can have an impact on bowel cancer.” “Lots of studies in mice and humans have shown an association between the gut microbiome and bowel cancer but very few have...

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