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Jumping Gene Linked to MRSA Spread

Monday, April 23, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Apr 23, 2012 - The Scientist "Jumping Gene Linked to MRSA Spread"

The study is one of the first to analyze both the frequency and biological function of a gene in drug-resistant staph infections. The identified gene—a mobile genetic element that can move around a genome and jump from one bacterium to another—is evidence that horizontal gene transfer among bacteria drives MRSA epidemics. The gene could prove to be an effective therapeutic target against the pathogen, the authors said.

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