Fungi call your body their home, play important physiological roles, and—in abnormally high numbers—can influence the development of cancer.
This is the finding of a new study published in the journal Nature that showed fungi can make their way into the pancreas from the gut and that one fungal species in particular may make pancreatic tumors grow bigger.
Researchers were surprised by the presence of fungi in the pancreas and by the huge increase in their numbers in the presence of cancer. Speaking with The New York Times, lead study author George Miller, MD, surgical oncologist and co-leader of the Tumor Immunology Research Program at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, says “The pancreas was considered a sterile organ until a couple years ago.”
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