Yerevan, 23.October.2018,
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Gut bacteria 'may help drugs fight cancer'

Bacteria living deep inside the digestive system seem to alter how cancer drugs work, a study suggests.

Immunotherapies - which harness the body's own defences to fight tumours - can clear even terminal cancer in a small proportion of patients.

However, a small study by the University of Texas found those harbouring a more diverse community of gut bugs are more likely to benefit.

Cancer Research UK said understanding gut bugs had "great potential".

The human body is home to trillions of micro-organisms - estimates suggest our own tissues are so heavily outnumbered that our bodies are just 10% human.

And a growing wealth of studies shows these microbes can influence our immune systems and have been implicated in auto-immune diseases and allergies.

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