Microbe Talk: The role of microbes in cancer

Posted on October 18, 2019   by Laura Cox

Microbes are not usually the first thing to come to mind when people think of the causes of cancer, but should they be? It is becoming increasingly clear that the diseases caused by microbes extend well past simple infections, and now a growing number of bacteria, viruses and fungi are being linked to tumours.


In this month’s episode of the podcast, Laura speaks with two experts on the relationship with certain microbes and cancer: Professor Paul Farrell, of Imperial College London, and Dr Karen Robinson, from the University of Nottingham.

The role of microbes in cancer


Find out more about the relationship between Epstein-Barr Virus and Cancer in Paul’s review.

In 2013, we published the August issue of Microbiology Today titled Microbes and Cancer.

Research in the Journal of Medical Microbiology investigated how the gut microbiota could be used to predict whether you are likely to develop cancer.