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Scientists are using plants and microbes co-habiting with them to clean up oil spills in land and water. The technique can make certain plants' ability to remove contamination more efficient.
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.
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.
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.
Microbes in our intestines not only help digest food and fight disease but can make us better runners too.