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  • Scientists Sharpen View of Gene Transfer Between Pathogenic Bacteria
    Bacteria possess the ability to take up DNA from their environment, a skill that enables them to acquire new genes for antibiotic resistance or to escape the immune response. Scientists have now mapped the core set of genes that are consistently controlled during DNA uptake ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify 'Hypervirulent' Strain of Strep in the Southwest
    The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has helped state, local and tribal health officials identify an outbreak of "hypervirulent" strep bacteria in the American Southwest. Identified in Flagstaff, Ariz., from January to July 2015, this outbreak of the emm59 ...More
    March 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Offers New Insights Into Group A Streptococcus
    One bacterial pathogen is responsible for a range of diseases, from pharyngitis and impetigo to more severe diagnoses such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease), a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body's ...More
    January 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Offers Information on Scarlet Fever
    Scarlet fever – or scarlatina – is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus or "group A strep." This illness affects a small percentage of people who have strep throat or, less commonly, streptococcal skin infections. Scarlet fever is treatable with ...More
    January 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Student-Athletes Research Strep Bacteria Resistance to Antibiotics
    College students are tasked with the challenge of balancing schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, jobs and their personal lives. For Conrrad Nicholls and Andrew Kump, their schedules dictate they juggle all of those — in addition to being both full-time ...More
    December 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scarlet Fever is Making a Comeback
    An international study led by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has tracked the re-emergence of a childhood disease which had largely disappeared over the past 100 years. Researchers at UQ's Australian Infectious Diseases Centre have used genome sequencing ...More
    November 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Is It Strep Throat? CDC Offers Advice
    Strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, but it's not very common in adults. Healthcare professionals can do a quick test to determine if a sore throat is strep throat and decide if antibiotics are needed. Proper treatment can help you feel better faster ...More
    October 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Deadly Bacteria Stiff-Arm the Immune System
    The most severe Group A Streptococcus (strep) infections are often the work of one particularly nefarious strain known as M1T1, named in part for the type of tentacle-like M protein projecting from the bacterium’s surface. While many previous studies proposed ways M1 ...More
    October 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify a Mechanism of Epidemic Bacterial Disease
    Through identification of increased toxin production by epidemic forms of group A streptococcus (the "flesh-eating" bacterium), for the first time scientists are able to pinpoint the molecular events that contribute to large intercontinental epidemics of disease. The study ...More
    August 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find New Variant of Streptococcal Bacteria
    Scientists have discovered a new variant of streptococcal bacteria that has contributed to a rise in disease cases in the UK over the last 17 years. Group A streptococcus causes around 600 million infections annually worldwide. Severe infections can cause necrotising ...More
    July 15, 2015 Posted in News
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