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In this week's Science, an international research team reports that certain gut microbes can influence the growth and spread of liver cancer, suggesting that the microbiome could be a target for therapeutic intervention for the disease. In mouse models of liver cancer, the team found that reducing commensal bacteria with antibiotics led to a reduction in the number of tumors — an effect associated with with an increase in activated liver natural killer cells.

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