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Grapevine-Infecting Acne Bacteria Named For Frank Zappa
2014-02-19 14:26:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What would you do if you discovered an odd strain of bacteria that exhibited unconventional behavior? Why, name it after Frank Zappa of course! This is exactly what a team of Italian and Austrian researchers did when they found a bacterium that had apparently transitioned from causing acne in human skin to infecting the bark of grape vines. “This is the first time it’s been found that a microorganism can switch from a human to a...


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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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