How Gut Inflammation Drives the Evolution of Harmful Bacteria
|How Gut Inflammation Drives the Evolution of Harmful Bacteria||Darrell Miller||03/20/17|
March 20, 2017 10:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: How Gut Inflammation Drives the Evolution of Harmful Bacteria
A study in mice has found that gut inflammation increases the success of bacterial viruses, which causes them to evolve more quickly. In the study, mice were infected with a strain of salmonella that had been infected with a bacteriophage. Gut inflammation in the mice causes the salmonella bacteria to be stressed, which allowed the bacteriophages to proliferate and resultantly spread even faster to other salmonella cells, potentially taking with them genes that benefit the bacteria. The scientists behind the study think that inflammation reduction may have promise as a treatment for infections, because it does not promote pathogens' increasing virulence and resistance.
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