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Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology, Oncology, Cytology

A Meaningful Microbiome

The gut microbiome is increasingly well known for its diagnostic potential and its effect on overall health. But just because it’s the most famous doesn’t mean it’s the only one; a new study has revealed the potential of the cervical microbiome as a biomarker of cervical cancer risk.

A transatlantic group of researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Tanzania’s Ocean Road Cancer Institute conducted a study to investigate the relationship between human papillomavirus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and cervical dysplasia (1). To that end, they collected cytobrush samples from the cervical lesions of 144 Tanzanian women and performed 16S rRNA gene deep sequencing to examine the microbiota present. The goal? To understand how the bacterial community differs between patients with different HIV status and cytology grade.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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