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Oliver Harrison's findings may lead to future therapies for chronic inflammatory disorders.

Christoph Thaiss has been named the 2018 Grand Prize winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists for work that implicates the microbiome — the community of bacteria that live within organisms like plants and animals — as a common culprit underlying hallmarks associated with human obesity, a complex and multifaceted disease.

The new studies could pave the way for anti-cancer therapies that control the makeup of these bacterial communities.