Can the human microbiota cause cancer? Part 3: Communities

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

Can the human microbiota cause cancer? Part 2: Inflammation

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

Evil weevil strikes back

“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

Infectious component of celiac disease?

I have been waiting for an article like this to be published. It’s finally arrived!! Anecdotal experiences from my very own life have evolved the following pet theory: presence of an antigen during a non-related immune response induces autoimmunity. Philosophically, cross-reactive immune response made perfect sense. All I needed was a pesky little thing called … Read moreInfectious component of celiac disease?