When the phrase “cancer vaccine” appeared in my inbox (YES I get nerdy emails about the latest nerd stuff), I scoffed. Yeah RIGHT let’s take a look, I told myself. People…as I live and breathe…this is really happening. I was skeptical because vaccination is so specific. Inactivated or impaired microorganisms are injected into your body … Read moreCancer vaccine?? What the what??
In Part 1, I introduced the relationship of bacteria and cancer. In Part 2, I detailed how a single bacterium Helicobacter pylori leads to stomach cancer. In Part 3, I’ll outline the curious associations of the microbiota and colon cancer, a story which is currently being unfolded in labs across the world. White-haired scientists have … Read moreCan the human microbiota cause cancer? Part 3: Communities
As I intimated in last week’s post, bacteria can cause cancer! But how? How does cancer develop in the first place? If you want a seriously in-depth answer to this question, I highly recommend Siddartha Muhkerjee’s “Emperor of All Maladies.” Holy crap, that book was good. More simply, cancer arises from changes in the normal … Read moreCan the human microbiota cause cancer? Part 2: Inflammation
So. Does the human microbiota cause cancer? Let’s get right to the meat of the issue. The microbiota is so hot right now and there have been all kinds of speculation (and actual research) on its influence on health and disease. Actually, microbes have an intimate history with cancer. The first oncogene was, in fact, … Read moreDoes the human microbiota cause cancer? Part 1
You know that yogurt commercial with piles of women happily munching on yogurt in a sunny field laughing about nothing? What the heck, yogurt marketers? Who are these women?? I mean….technically I’m one of them. I eat yogurt every other day. But instead of in a field, I usually shovel it in my mouth standing … Read moreProbiotic yogurt: fact vs fiction
“Fighting fire with fire” describes the philosophy of biological control. Classically, biological control involves the introduction of an alien predator to control an alien invasive species. While there have been success stories utilizing such biological control, a recently documented case demonstrates the ability of nature to outcompete attempts of human management. As Dr. Ian Malcom says in one … Read moreEvil weevil strikes back