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What we’re learning about cancer-causing bacteria and viruses

Unusual links between our microbiome and cancer highlighted at 2017 American Society of Preventive Oncology

For as long as humans have walked the earth, we’ve been accompanied by microscopic beings that are part of our bodies but not ourselves. The viruses and bacteria that coexist with humans have shaped who we are, but that doesn’t mean they are all benevolent.

As research presented at this week’s 2017 American Society of Preventive Oncology meeting in Seattle showed, viewing our microbes as wholly good or bad might be an oversimplification.

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