Microbiome: Microbial Mystery

This NATURE OUTLOOK article describes how gut bacteria have an important but elusive role in the formation of colorectal cancer

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Five years ago, four women and two men donated samples of their gut bacteria to science. Three women had healthy guts, but the other donors had colorectal cancer. Researchers implanted the human gut microorganisms into 'germ-free' mice, which were delivered by Caesarean section and reared in sterile cages, and so lacked gut microbes of their own.

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Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.