Tag Archives: Bacteria

Spread of cancers halted by smart bacteria that trigger immune attack

Bacteria can shrink cancer cellsSTEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Michael Le Page GENETICALLY modified “smart” bacteria injected into tumours can shrink growths and trigger an immune response that stops cancer spreading, tests in animals show. The engineered bacteria exploit the vulnerability of solid tumours to infections. This vulnerability comes about because tumours evolve all kinds… Read More »

Can Gut Bacteria Affect Mental Health?

The relationship between gut microbial metabolism and mental health has been much debated. But now, a new study published in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology hints at a connection between specific gut bacteria, depression and poor quality of life, reports the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, a life sciences research institute based in Flanders, Belgium.… Read More »

People with depression are less likely to have certain gut bacteria

Our guts are home to many bacteriaSTEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty By Clare Wilson People who lack certain gut bacteria are more likely to experience depression, according to the largest study yet to find a link between our microbiota and mental health. Jeroen Raes of KU Leuven University in Belgium and colleagues examined over 1000 volunteers… Read More »