Alcohol-producing bacteria could cause liver disease in some people

A majority of patients with the condition had microbes churning out ethanol, researchers find

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Common gut bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae (shown in yellow in a scanning electron microscope image interacting with a human white blood cell) can sometimes churn out alcohol, which may contribute to fatty liver disease in people who don't drink heavily.

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