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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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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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Mounting evidence points to a link between the make-up of the gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis (MS). Tweaking our bacterial mix can pave the way for new therapies.

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Microbes in our intestines not only help digest food and fight disease​ but can make us better runners too.

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