Evolution of Staphylococcus aureus

  • Francois P
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In this probing e-book, we discover that for many decades, the clinical challenge due to Staphylococcus aureus infections in the hospital, community, and in veterinary medicine has led to intensive investigations. Dr Patrice Francois, Head of Genomic Research Laboratory at Geneva University Hospitals provides a compelling article on the evolution of Staphylococcus aureus. The importance of mobile genetic elements on bacterial virulence and host tropism is placed under the spotlight. For example, we find out that in the environment, bacteria from various species are in close contact and could exchange information, nutrients and genetic material. This in-depth article concludes that Geneva University Hospitals showed that, “resistance against antimicrobials could result to exposition to the drug, or to the acquisition from another bacterial cell of a specific gene allowing resistance, thus following exposition to selection pressure.”

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