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A Treatment with Teeth?

Brushing your teeth may save your butt: A Case Western Reserve University study finds that Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn), an oral bacterium prevalent in people with gum disease, can promote colon cancer. Fn bacteria secrete a molecule, FadA, that binds to cells and weakens a tumor-suppressing protein. In the future, treatments that eradicate Fn may help prevent colon cancer, says study author Yiping Han, Ph.D.


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