United States: the mystery of anthrax disclosed?

29.12.2003

29.12.2003


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U.S. scientists have unraveled the mystery of anthrax — a mechanism that allows this microorganism to survive in almost any environment and multiply at an alarming rate.

As shown by their study, these properties anthrax linked to several hundreds of genes and their encoded proteins. High survival of anthrax spores provided multiple "redundant" functions of these proteins, ie, in the case of failure of one of them (or its encoding DNA region), it is replaced by another molecule.

"The genes responsible for the process of reproduction anthrax spore formation and occupy about 30 percent of the genome of the microorganism — said in an interview with" BBC "Dr. Nicholas Bergman, head of the study. — Hence his fantastic resistance to adverse environmental factors" .

 
Source: AskDoctor.ru

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