Cancer, antibiotics and the microbiome

Alastair McKee from the Quadram Institute discusses his paper linking the microbiome to breast cancer.

Our microbiota help us digest the food we eat, but also has effects on health and disease that reach far beyond the gut - including cancer. Antibiotic drugs taken to combat bacterial infections also have adverse effects on our beneficial microbiota.

So what can we learn about the ways the microbiota influences disease by using antibiotics to treat mice with cancer?

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