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Bacterial pathogens, even those belonging to the same species, can be incredibly diverse. For example, strains of extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) can differ by up to 20-30% of their gene contents. This characteristic presents a significant challenge to the design of effective therapeutic and diagnostic strategies. Through a genetic screen carried out in a surrogate zebrafish host, Wiles et al. discovered that a rare, strain-specific gene harbored within an integrated bacteriophage supports pathogen fitness during colonization of distinct host tissues. Specifically, it was determined that the novel gene neaT is necessary for competitive growth within the bloodstream of both zebrafish and mice and was likely recently acquired by lateral gene transfer from an extraphyletic source. Defining how rare genes like neaT impact bacterial virulence will help us better understand pathogen evolution and niche adaptation.
‘Find Your Favorite Pathogen!’
These illustrations were inspired by some famous microbes, some of which can be human pathogens.
included are: Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Proteus mirabilis, Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Neisseria meningitidis
Science is spicy. Typographic poster by Nicholas Menghini.
Celebrating biodiversity postage stamp concept by Ralph Manning.
I am a sucker for hexagons! Plus, the water color work depicting the surface features of various organisms is awesome!
Book cover redesign for ‘The Hot Zone’ by Catrina Dulay.
‘The Hot Zone’ by Richard Preston details real life incidents of infection by filoviruses such as Ebola which cause hemorrhagic fever. Some filoviruses are epizootic, meaning they can infect non-human animals.