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According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis is highly contagious.
The excision mechanism consists of two molecules: an enzyme (Cas9) derived from a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes, and a piece of RNA, a chemical akin to DNA that is made up of similar genetic letters.
Scientists say white-footed mice, which are primary carriers of the Lyme bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, are a highly popular host of black-legged ticks — which consequently makes them a key culprit in the spread of Lyme disease.
The researchers exposed the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, a common spacecraft contaminant, to perchlorates and UV radiation at levels similar to those found at and near the Martian surface.
An insecticide in the box kills any ticks on mice and chipmunks, two animals largely responsible for infecting ticks with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
Around 1,600 people contract the bacterium annually and some 260 die from the infection, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The tea has a risk of botulism, a rare but serious illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by a bacterium.
The feat, achieved in a bacterium, included poetry and quotes as a watermark of the genome’s human design.
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Origin and Etymology of bacterium
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
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: any one of a group of very small living things that often cause disease
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