Gut bacteria may create environment for colon cancer, study says

04/9/2014 | Medical News Today

Gut bacteria may produce proteins that suppress cell DNA repair, creating an environment that may be favorable to the development of colon cancer, Wistar Institute researchers reported at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. "Our results suggest that some infective intestinal bacteria, which normally can simply cause gastric distress, have the capability of inducing genetic changes (by limiting repair) in our intestinal cells which could lead to tumor development," said investigator Frank Rauscher.

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