Tumor microbiome composite
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?
A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?

A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.

A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.

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DNA contamination
Illustration showing microbial signatures of cancer in the body
Infographic: Putting Cancer’s Unique Microbiomes to Use
Jef Akst | Mar 14, 2022
From diagnosis to tracking treatment responses, bacteria and other microbes in the blood, gut, and tumors of cancer patients may provide helpful hints for improving their care.
Decon Recon
Sarah C.P. Williams | Oct 1, 2015
Published genomes are chock-full of contamination. But as awareness of the problem grows, so do methods to help combat it.
The Great Big Clean-Up
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2015
From tossing out cross-contaminated cell lines to flagging genomic misnomers, a push is on to tidy up biomedical research.
Science Setbacks: 2014
Molly Sharlach | Dec 24, 2014
This year in life science was marked by paltry federal funding increases, revelations of sequence contamination, and onerous regulations.
Week in Review: November 10–14
Jef Akst | Nov 14, 2014
Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper
Fact or Artifact?
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2014
A study documenting the ubiquity of DNA contamination calls into question a recent paper on food-derived nucleic acids in the human bloodstream.