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Research Field Microbiology, Cancer

Monitoring the Microbiome

Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide despite the introduction of innovative surgical, chemotherapeutic, and radiological interventions. The high mortality rate is largely attributed to the large number of patients presenting with established disease, signaling a need for improved diagnostic tools to accurately dissect individual risk. To improve the odds, a research group led by Loris Lopetuso from Catholic University of Rome, Italy, delved into the pathogenesis of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), asking: what drives the transition from normal esophageal epithelium to Barrett’s esophagus (BE) and EAC? And can we detect a unique signature that might allow us to spot the changes early (1)?

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Luke Turner

While completing my undergraduate degree in Biology, I soon discovered that my passion and strength was for writing about science rather than working in the lab. My master’s degree in Science Communication allowed me to develop my science writing skills and I was lucky enough to come to Texere Publishing straight from University. Here I am given the opportunity to write about cutting edge research and engage with leading scientists, while also being part of a fantastic team!

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