Bacteria in Breast Ducts of Cancer Patients Seen to Differ from Breast Cancer-free Women

Bacteria in Breast Ducts of Cancer Patients Seen to Differ from Breast Cancer-free Women
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory employed analysis methods used in spacecraft assembly rooms to study microbes that may be associated with breast cancer development. The technique, intended to prevent NASA's spacecrafts from contaminating other planets, revealed that women with a history of breast cancer have a distinct microbe composition in their breast ductal system. The study, "Characterization of the microbiome nipple aspirate fluid of breast cancer survivors," was published in Scientific Reports "We applied these planetary protection techniques in the first-ever study of microorganisms in human breast ductal fluid," Parag Vaishampayan, scientist in biotechnology and planetary protection at JPL, said in a press release. JPL researchers collaborated with cancer researchers on the study, which was equally supervised by Vaishampayan, Dr. Susan Love, chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation in Encino, California, and Dr. Delphine Lee, director of the Department of Translational Immunology and of the Dirks/Dougherty Lab for Cancer Research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in California. The breast ductal system contains the glands responsible for milk production, which naturally produce a substance known as 'nipple aspirate fluid.' This fluid was investigated in this study in women with or without a previous history of breast cancer. Bacteria is known to exist in breast tissue, but the finding that women with breast cancer had different microbes in their nipple aspirate fluid
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