Cancer scientists look to see if microbiome treatments can protect against radiotherapy

Cancer scientists to classify gut bacteria to prevent the side-effects of radiotherapy | Science | The Observer

 

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]…The study of the human microbiome – the population of microbes that share our bodies – has become an important topic of research in recent years. Doctors have discovered that the state of a person’s gut bacteria can have profound implications on health. “Men and women have a startling amount of bacteria in their stomachs and intestines,” said Dearnaley. “There is 1.4kg of bacteria in the average human gut. That is roughly the same weight as the human brain. Indeed, you can think of your microbiome as an extra organ inside your body”… [/pullquote]