Saturday, 31 May 2014

Predicting MRSA Toxicity

A comparative genomic study shows that researchers can use genetic signatures to predict the toxicity of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates.

An international team led by Ruth Massey at the University of Bath in the U.K. reported a comparative genomic study of 90 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains in Genome Research. Analyzing genome-wide data, Massey and her colleagues were able to predict the toxicity of any given isolate based on genetic signatures. The researchers proposed that their approach could inform similar strategies to better understand other drug-resistant pathogens.

Posted by Tim Sandle