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Research Reveals How Strep Bacterium Evades Immune System

 
  January, 30 2003 2:33
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Like a well-trained soldier with honed survival skills, the common bacterium, Group A Streptococcus (GAS), sometimes can endure battle with our inborn (innate) immune system and cause widespread disease. By investigating the ability of combat-ready white blood cells (WBCs) to ingest and kill GAS, researchers have discovered new insights into how this disease-causing bacteria can evade destruction by the immune system. The research is being published this week in the Online Early Edition of the at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA .

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Walter Mitton
(301) 402-1663


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