British Midlands University Announces Use of Gene Technology to Fight Lethal Hospital Acquired Infection
It is hoped that the study will lead to better tests to diagnose ‘super’ strains of C.difficile, more effective treatments and, possibly, even a vaccine to protect against the disease.
Currently, scientists know that the bacteria cause disease by sticking to epithelial cells of the gut lining and releasing two toxins that damage cells leading to the tell-tale symptom of severe diarrhea. However, there is very little known about the ways in which the bacteria operate and why the strain should be more severe than its less virulent cousins.
Leading the study, Professor
“The idea behind the study is that we investigate the genomes of the hypervirulent strains and identify their differences to the so-called standard strains. In this way, we should get a clearer picture of the whole range of factors involved in its spread and the way in which it causes disease.”
The Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections (CHAI) was established at the University of
During the three-year study, scientists at
The British Midlands region, comprising the East and the
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Sebby, President and CEO of British Midlands Development Corporation, “The British Midlands is one of Europe’s premier locations for the advancement of medicine and life sciences. All of the region’s 18 universities have unique areas of scientific expertise, which fuel the region’s record of innovation in the field.”
About British Midlands Development Corporation
The British Midlands Development Corporation is the North American economic development agency for central
As an agency funded by the UK Government, The British Midlands Development Corporation provides specialist advice and support to North American companies seeking to establish a presence or expand a current operation in the region. The British Midlands Development Corporation provides access to business networks, details about sources for grants and funding, business support services, and information to help companies identify opportunities to develop and grow.
The British Midlands Development Corporation is based in
For more information, please visit our website at www.thebritishmidlands.com.
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