Squid bacterium's "regulatory" gene may aid superbug studies

02/2/2009 | Yahoo!

Strains of a microbe called Vibrio fischeri that live in the bobtail squid carry a single "regulatory" gene that prompts them to turn from good to bad bacteria, U.S. researchers reported. The finding provides clues on why beneficial germs become pathogenic and could prove useful in developing antibiotics, the scientists said.

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