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In a recent study, scientists at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City found that Enterococcus faecalis bacteria living in the gut can damage DNA and up gene expression linked to colon cancer, reports the BBC. They exposed colon cells in vitro to the bacterium and found that when it was in a "fermentation state," it produced a "superoxide" molecule that could damage DNA in surrounding cells.

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