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MICROBIOLOGY: Bacterial Population Genetics and Disease

Why is it that most strains of Staphylococcal aureus bacteria live harmlessly on the skin or in the nose of humans whereas a few strains become invasive and cause serious disease? In his Perspective, Lipsitch discusses new findings (Day et al.) suggesting that the very characteristics that make bacteria efficient at colonizing their hosts also render them better at invading host tissue and causing disease.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Review, Diagram
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Marc Lipsitch of Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Publisher: AAAS
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