A Gut Check on the Role of Microbiome in Cancer

Posted by Pranav Srivastava on Jul 26, 2017 11:16:51 AM

Matt Furlow co-authored this post with Pranav Srivastava.

In the novel A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle, the main character’s younger brother gets sick when fictional symbiotic entities within his mitochondria called farandolae fail to work together to prevent illness. My co-author and I were reminded of that story as we looked for parallels for the symbiotic nature of gut flora and the notion that the gut microbiome can have significant implications on health—a promising area of research that should be on the radar of oncology companies looking to expand their portfolios.

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