News in brief

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Date: Feb. 2013
Publisher: Expert Reviews Ltd.
Document Type: Report
Length: 476 words
Lexile Measure: 1280L

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In the early to mid-2000s the news was full of stories relating to the global epidemic of Clostridium difficile (027/BI/NAP1), which has resulted in the worldwide spread of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. In a new study, researchers from across the world have used whole-genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis to highlight key events in C. difficile evolutionary history that contributed to its global spread.

The paper, published recently in Nature Genetics , demonstrates that the spread was caused by two different, but highly related, strains: FQR1 and FQR2. Miao He, one of the authors from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (UK), explained: "Between 2002 and 2006, we saw highly publicized outbreaks of C. difficile in hospitals across the UK, the USA, Canada and...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A316900823