Scientists at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered a mutant form of a microbe that deals a gutsy blow to colon cancer. The bacteria halted abnormal inflammation, reduced precancerous growths and reversed the progression of severe cancerous lesions in the large intestines of mice. Some inflammation in the gut is a good thing, serving to keep the body’s immune system in disease-fighting shape. But under stress, the immune system overreacts with a cascade of inflammation-causing reactions, which can cause colon cancer. The UF researchers have demonstrated that their bacterial treatment can take on established colon cancer, possibly leading to the development of a treatment for the disease in people. For more information, contact Sarah Carey at 352-294-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.