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By Pedro Belda Ferre
University of California San Diego 

Living drugs: Engineering bacteria to treat genetic diseases


December 26, 2018

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) A pill containing millions of bacteria ready to colonize your gut might be a nightmare to many. But it may become an effective new tool for fighting disease.

In many inherited genetic diseases a mutated gene means that an individual cannot make a vital substance necessary for their body to grow, develop or function. Sometimes this can be fixed with a synthetic substitute — a pill — that they can take daily to replace what their body should have made natur...

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