Gut bacteria can stop cancer drugs from working

Posted by: | June 14, 2017 | Comments

Presence of particular microbes or enzymes could explain why some treatments are ineffective for certain people.


In the quest for personalized therapies, most research has focused on how an individual’s genome controls their body’s responses to drugs. However, there is increasing evidence that a person’s unique microbiome — the population of bacteria and other microbes that live in their body — can be key to determining whether or not a drug works for their condition.

Researchers now have evidence that healthy people metabolize some drugs in different ways depending on their microbial make-up. They presented their data on 4 June at the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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