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Gut Microorganisms Found Necessary for Successful Cancer Therapy

Group photo of four scientists

Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D., seated. Standing, from left: Romina Goldszmid, Ph.D., Amiran Dzutsev, M.D., Ph.D., and C. Andrew Stewart, Ph.D. Not pictured: Noriho Iida, Ph.D.

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By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Humans play host to trillions of microorganisms that help our bodies perform basic functions, like digestion, growth, and fighting disease. In fact, bacterial cells outnumber the human cells in our bodies by 10 to 1.1

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New, More Authentic Model for AIDS Will Accelerate Studies

Jeff Lifson, M.D., director of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program

Jeff Lifson, M.D., director of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer, and Jeff Lifson, Guest Writer

Researchers are working to develop a more authentic animal model of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and AIDS that is expected to speed up studies of experimental treatments and vaccines.

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Partnership to Explore New Drug Combination for Pancreatic Cancer

Portrait photo of Terry Van Dyke

Terry Van Dyke, Ph.D., director, NCI Center for Advanced Preclinical Research

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer

Scientists at NCI and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) are partnering with the Lustgarten Foundation to test whether a vitamin D derivative will make a difference when combined with a conventional anticancer drug in treating tumors of the pancreas.

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