What if scarring becomes progressive, most often in our internal organs? In fibrotic disease, continued insults to the system lead to a runaway response, and the myofibroblasts don’t stop making collagen.
Mice have been especially useful for studying the effects of the gut microbiome, in diseases from obesity to cancer.
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In important research nearly a decade ago, UChicago researchers demonstrated that retroviruses use certain normal bacteria as a kind of Trojan horse to get themselves inside the body.