Bacteria jump between species more easily than previously thought

Bacteria may be able to jump between host species far easier than was previously thought, a new study suggests. Researchers discovered that a single genetic mutation in a strain of bacteria infectious to humans enables it jump species to also become infectious to rabbits. The discovery has major implications for how we assess the risk of bacterial diseases that can pass between humans and animals. It is well known that relatively few mutations are required to support the transmission of viruses – such as influenza – from one species to another. Until now it was thought that the process was likely to be far more complicated for bacteria. —> Read More Here


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