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Cell. 2006 Feb 24;124(4):699-702.

Is persistent bacterial infection good for your health?

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. falkow@stanford.edu

Abstract

Certain bacterial pathogens have evolved to survive in their human hosts for long periods without causing harm. Is it possible that these persistent bacterial infections provide a protective benefit to the host?

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16497581
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2006.02.004
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