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2010-08-06 08:40:00

The genetic make-up of pathogenic bacteria and their harmless cousins is much more similar than previously thought, UA microbiologists find. 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. Intrigued by the question of why some species of Neisseria...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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