Bad bacteria and their harmless kin share, swap genes

August 3, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: UA News] – In the bacterial world, good guys can potentially turn into bad guys and vice versa – just by swapping genes, microbiologists at the University of Arizona have discovered.

The researchers studied bacteria belonging to the genus Neisseria. These bacteria colonize the mucous membranes of humans.

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