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German scientists open access to E. coli gene database for use in drug discovery

Following the deadly outbreak of E. coli infections in Germany, scientists in Saarbruecken are providing free access to the pathogen’s genetic regulation data, to spur research into new antibiotics


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It only takes a few genes make the deadly enterohaemorrhagic form of Escherichia coli (EHEC) that is so dangerous to humans. If it were not for these genes, EHEC would hardly differ from the harmless (and indeed, useful) form of the bacterium which occurs naturally in the gastrointestinal system.

Bioinformatics specialists from the Saarbrücken Cluster of Excellence aim to exploit this similarity to find starting points for effective drugs against the EHEC pathogen. They have constructed EhecRegNet,...



Related subjects: Antibiotics, Germany, E.coli

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