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Nearly 40% of the mice carried at least one potentially disease-causing bacterium, including C. difficile, Salmonella, E. coli, Shigella, Klebsiella pneumonia, Clostridium perfringens and Leptospira.
Thirty-two years ago, microbiologists in Switzerland stumbled on a mystery deep in the muck of Lake Zurich: a bacterium that naturally produced a component of gasoline called toluene.
The listeria bacterium can cause fever and diarrhea, and other symptoms may include headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
The green color comes from the chlorophyll, which is a natural part of the bacterium.
The researchers found that S. typhi had gained more resistance genes by acquiring a plasmid, a circular piece of DNA, from another bacterium (a process known as horizontal gene transfer).
Overall, the researchers found that more than a third of the mice carried at least one potentially pathogenic bacterium, while about a quarter of them had bacteria with at least one resistance gene.
More than one type of bacterium can cause the flesh-eating disease, which, since 2010, affects between 600 and 1200 people annually in the United States.
Beans actually contain resistant starch that feeds the good bacterium (a.k.a.
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: any one of a group of very small living things that often cause disease
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