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We have the proof: over the millennia, Western lifestyles have depleted certain strains of gut bacteria capable of protecting us from obesity and diabetes. Some people, however, still possess these tiny organisms in their intestines, which could help design future therapies.

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We can rejuvenate with fasting and now scientists found a compound that induces this cell-cleaning process to protect us from heart attacks and cancers.

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Scientists have found a way to turn microorganisms into mini-factories that help fight climate change while producing useful chemicals and fuels.

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To fight antibiotic resistance, researchers used nanotechnology to get close to bacteria that cause recurrent infections in our bodies.

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Researchers have identified gut bacteria that can mobilise the immune system to fight tumours. The discovery can also help identify patients who are most likely to respond to cancer immunotherapy.

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Scientists have captured microbes that digest pollutants and generate electricity, raising hope that such ‘electrogenic’ organisms could become a new source of power one day.

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Researchers have found how a superbug makes itself invisible to the human immune system opening the possibility of creating new drugs to defeat it.

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Artificial sweeteners appeal to a lot of people as a magic bullet for weight loss, but – as researchers have found – they can cause havoc in the gut, making us susceptible to illnesses and even craving for sweets.

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Scientists have identified a bacterial strain that can be used against prostate cancer. This is a new example of how bacteria’s anti-tumour properties can be enlisted in designing new cancer therapies.

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Scientists have used live bacteria-containing inks – bioinks – to print 'living materials' that can change their shape over time. This technology can help us discover new drugs more quickly and introduce bacteria-containing sensors and decontamination equipment.

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