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Trends Microbiol. 1996 Nov;4(11):436-43.

Horizontal gene transfer among group A streptococci: implications for pathogenesis and epidemiology.

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Dept of Microbiology, University of Newcastle, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. mike.kehoe@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

Recent studies have revealed that there is considerable genetic diversity among the group A streptococci and that horizontal transfer and recombination of virulence genes have played a major role in generating this diversity. This finding has significant implications for our understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of these common and highly versatile human pathogens.

PMID:
8950813
DOI:
10.1016/0966-842x(96)10058-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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