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The Common Mouth Microbe That Keeps Popping Up in Tumors
Lab studies link the oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum to cancers from the gut to the head and neck. Could targeting the microbe tackle tumors?
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The Common Mouth Microbe That Keeps Popping Up in Tumors
The Common Mouth Microbe That Keeps Popping Up in Tumors

Lab studies link the oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum to cancers from the gut to the head and neck. Could targeting the microbe tackle tumors?

Lab studies link the oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum to cancers from the gut to the head and neck. Could targeting the microbe tackle tumors?

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, SOFTULKA
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Caution Urged for Comparing Ancient and Modern Humans’ Oral Microbes
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 7, 2019
Microbial species that are commonly associated with oral diseases in modern humans are unreliable proxies for determining tooth health status in ancient samples, a new study finds.
Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters
Kerry Grens | Dec 5, 2017
Bacteria on the tongue’s surface reside in clumps distinguished by genus, unlike the intermingled communities observed in other tissues.