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Mucus-Eating Gut Bacteria May Promote Fever After Cancer Treatment
The expansion of mucus-degraders in the mouse gut—possibly due to poor nutrition—thins the colon’s mucus layer and may weaken defenses against blood-infecting microbes.
Mucus-Eating Gut Bacteria May Promote Fever After Cancer Treatment
Mucus-Eating Gut Bacteria May Promote Fever After Cancer Treatment

The expansion of mucus-degraders in the mouse gut—possibly due to poor nutrition—thins the colon’s mucus layer and may weaken defenses against blood-infecting microbes.

The expansion of mucus-degraders in the mouse gut—possibly due to poor nutrition—thins the colon’s mucus layer and may weaken defenses against blood-infecting microbes.

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Cancer Cells Break Own DNA to Defend Against Radiation
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Apr 28, 2022 | 3 min read
Self-inflicted DNA breaks let the cells hit pause on repair of radiation-induced DNA damage, giving them time to recover, an in vitro study shows.
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Janus-Faced Neutrophils
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Mar 2, 2022 | 4 min read
The immune cells facilitate healing, but they may also help tumors metastasize to the lungs after injury, a study in mice finds.
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Tool Would Use Tumor Gene Expression to Inform Radiation Dose
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Aug 27, 2021 | 4 min read
In a retrospective analysis, a team found that an algorithm integrating the gene expression of a tumor with the radiation dose a patient received predicted how well the patient responded to the treatment.
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Gut Fungi Hamper Radiation Therapy in Mice with Cancer
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Aug 11, 2021 | 3 min read
Depleting intestinal fungi allows radiation to effectively fight cancer, likely because the microbes influence the antitumor immune response.
Bursting Cancer’s Bubble
Ruth Williams | Apr 1, 2015 | 2 min read
Scientists make oxygen-filled microbubbles designed to increase tumor sensitivity to radiation.
Tumors Fall to Radioactive Bacteria
Sabrina Richards | Apr 22, 2013 | 3 min read
Researchers use bacteria to deliver radiation to shrink pancreatic tumors in mice.
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