The story of Helicobacter pylori is a real testament to the tenacity of medical researchers to prove their hypothesis. It took decades before the scientific world would accept that the bacteria H. pylori caused ulcers.

Now that we know the bacterial culprit can cause peptic ulcer, gastritis, and even gastric cancer, scientific research has moved forward to discover just how these bacteria have managed to survive in the acid environment of the stomach. And learning more about how it functions has identified a potential weakness that might be useful as a treatment target.

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