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Gut microbes and carbs fuel tumors: sugar-loving bacteria play a role in mice's colon cancer.
Westerners' carb-rich diets have long been linked to high levels of colorectal cancer, and scientists have begun to work out why. In an experiment in mice, a chemical made by carbohydrate-consuming gut bacteria encouraged the growth of colon cancer, researchers report in the July 17 Cell.
In country after country where people have switched to Western-style diets heavy in refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, the incidence of colorectal cancer has increased, says Scott...
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