Christchurch microbiologist may have cracked Crohn’s disease, The Press

Martin van Beynen, The Press,  21 May 2016

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Research by Christchurch microbiologist John Aitken has recorded a major advance in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, which affects 20,000 New Zealanders. Martin van Beynen reports.


A scientific breakthrough at a Christchurch laboratory could help researchers find a cure for Crohn’s disease.


Crohn’s causes rectal bleeding, diarrhoea, lethargy and weight loss. It affects about 20,000 New Zealanders and is on the increase.