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Funct Integr Genomics. 2006 Jul;6(3):186-201. Epub 2006 Feb 2.

Understanding the rise of the superbug: investigation of the evolution and genomic variation of Staphylococcus aureus.

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Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St. George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 0RE, UK.


The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of human infection, and it is becoming increasingly virulent and resistant to antibiotics. Our understanding of the evolution of this species has been greatly enhanced by the recent sequencing of the genomes of seven strains of S. aureus. Comparative genomic analysis allows us to identify variation in the chromosomes and understand the mechanisms by which this versatile bacterium has accumulated diversity within its genome structure.

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