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  • Toxin responsible for Legionella growth identified

    A team of scientists led by EMBL group leader Sagar Bhogaraju and Ivan Dikic of Goethe University, Frankfurt, discovered that the toxin SidJ in Legionella bacteria enforces a unique modification on human proteins and helps legionella grow inside human cells. SidJ hijacks human protein Calmodulin to more

  • DNA testing can rapidly solve Legionnaires' disease outbreaks

    A DNA test method called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) allowed New York City health officials to identify the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak within hours of specimen collection and should be considered in all Legionnaires' outbreak investigations, researchers say in the April issue of more

  • Biofilms in bath toys

    Rubber ducks and crocodiles have always been popular bathtime companions. An Eawag study has now revealed the “dark side” of flexible plastic bath toys. Diverse microbial growth is promoted not only by the plastic materials but by bath users themselves. Warm, humid bathrooms provide ideal conditions more

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Legionella Legionella is a Gram negative bacterium , including species that cause legionellosis or Legionnaires' disease, most notably L. pneumophila . concentrate the bacteria (by centrifugation and/or filtration through 0.2 micron filters) b ... more


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