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You are what you eat: Scientists to categorize gut bacteria to fight cancer

Researchers have launched a pioneering study aimed at finding ways to type individuals according to the bacteria in their guts. The aim is to discover if some people’s microbial makeup makes them more susceptible to the side-effects of radiotherapy for bowel, prostate and other cancers. “If we can do that…

Dutch scientists find people lacking a key species of gut bacteria are more prone to obesity

Individuals who lack key species of so-called “good” bacteria in their intestines are more prone to obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes, heart and cholesterol problems, according to research published Wednesday. The findings may hold new clues to help tackle the world’s obesity epidemic, which is predicted to affect…