In a sea of bowel bugs, another species that makes colon cancer grow

first_img What’s included? For decades, doctors have made a curious observation: people stricken with a particular heart or blood infection often developed colorectal cancer.The infectious agent? A bacterial species called Streptococcus gallolyticus, known as Sg, somehow liberated from its home in the gut. So tight was this association (up to a 60 percent chance of also having colon cancer), that it became de rigueur to check lower GI tracts for signs of cancer when a person was diagnosed with an Sg heart or blood infection. A colon section from a mouse with colon cancer, given Streptococcus gallolyticus, showing cell growth. Ritesh Kumar, Texas A&M In a sea of bowel bugs, another species that makes colon cancer grow Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Megha Satyanarayana Nov. 13, 2017 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. In the Lab What is it? GET STARTED Tags cancermicrobiomeresearchSTAT+last_img read more