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What Gut Bacteria Might Have To Do With Colorectal Cancer Risk

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While genetics likely play a role in some instances of colorectal cancer, a new study in mice suggests gut bacteria could also influence development of intestinal tumors. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that giving antibiotics to mice to disrupt their microbial gut population led to the prevention of polyp formation (polyps are early tumors that can eventually become cancerous).

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