Bacteria in cancer unmasked


Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have compiled a detailed catalog of bacteria living in cancer metastases. Having analyzed over 4000 tumors, they shed light on the diversity of these co-inhabitants and how they might interact with cancer cells and their surroundings. For example, certain bacteria were linked to a worse response to immunotherapy. This study paves the way to a better understanding of how bacteria help or hinder cancer (therapy), and how we can use this to patients’ advantage. The researchers published their findings today in the scientific journal Cell.

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