Chemotherapy needs gut bacteria to work

Antibiotics may prevent anticancer drugs from killing tumors

GOOD GUT MICROBES  Antibiotics that kill bacteria such as Enterococcus hirae (shown in a scanning electron microscope image) also reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs. The findings from two independent studies indicate that gut microbes are needed to fight cancer.

Courtesy of Chantal Ecobichon and Christine Schmitt/Pasteur Institute 

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