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    Nature: Biologists deploy database to quash drug-resistant bacteria
    Submitted by Marcos Oliveira de Carvalho; posted on Monday, April 28, 2003 (1 comment)


    ``European microbiologists have assembled a database to help combat the rising tide of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    ``A multinational effort involving 12 research centres has collected information on the known European strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and has standardized the technique for identifying the bacteria (S. Murchan et al. J. Clin. Microbiol. 41, 1574?1585; 2003).

    ```We've mapped the existing distribution of strains and followed the current spread of others,' says Barry Cookson, a microbiologist at London's Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) who led the initiative. The results confirm reports that some strains of MRSA have managed to jump between hospitals, both within Europe and farther afield.

    ``Although normal strains of S. aureus are common and relatively harmless, MRSA has become a significant problem in hospitals, where it tends to prosper because of the pervasive use of antibiotics. The bacteria can infect the lungs, bones and bloodstream of patients, and are responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide each year.''

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    Training bacteria
    Submitted by Nobody; posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2003
    Can you train bacteria with nano-tubes and feeders to count. Can you infect human-genome containing bacteria with AIDS-virus and let them mutate and find a cure to AIDS.
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