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  • Genotoxic E. coli “caught in the act”

    Escherichia coli bacteria are constitutive members of the human gut microbiota. However, some strains produce a genotoxin called colibactin, which is implicated in the development of colorectal cancer. While it has been shown that colibactin leaves very specific changes in the DNA of host cells that more

  • Evolution in a test tube: these bacteria survive on deadly copper surfaces

    Even the descendants of regular bacteria can evolve to survive for a long time on metallic copper surfaces that would usually kill them within a few minutes. An international research team led by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Institute of Microbiology of the German Arme more

  • Grow faster, die sooner

    Bacteria are survival artists: When they get nutrition, they multiply rapidly, albeit they can also survive periods of hunger. But, when they grow too quickly, their ability to survive is hampered, as studies by a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on E. coli bacteria show. Th more

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Escherichia coli

Escherichia coli Escherichia coli () (E. coli), is a bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals. Most E. coli strain s are harmless, but some, such as serotype O157:H7 , can cause serious food poisoning ... more

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