Viruses May Play Unexpected Role in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

January 23, 2015 3:10 PM

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Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, are extremely painful and can lead to colorectal cancer. Now, researchers have effectively cured the conditions in mice, offering hope for human sufferers of so-called IBDs.

New research suggests that a person’s specific genes influence whether intestinal bacteria will trigger inflammatory bowel diseases. Understanding such causes is provides knowledge to help with prevention and treatment.

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