Fiber and Cancer Research

Dallas Donohoe, assistant professor, is clarifying the concept what we eat influences cancer development and progression. Recent advances by Donohoe suggest in order for dietary fiber to have a protective effect against colorectal cancer the proper bacteria must be present in the intestinal tract. The metabolic product “butyrate” produced by these bacteria after chowing down on fiber reduces risk for cancer. His research is designed to better define the role of bacteria-derived butyrate in colorectal cancer and develop strategies to increase those bacteria that feed on high-fiber diets.

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