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Community surveillance and polymicrobial infections

I'll start by saying this was a study from my own lab which provided insight into why multi-species bacterial infections are more severe than mono-culture infections. The idea of 'polymicrobial synergy' has been around for some time, but the reasons behind synergy have been elusive. I follow TWiM and know you have focused on bacteria/virus interactions, but I thought it might be relevant to discuss multi-species bacterial infections (unless you have covered it and I missed it!). These infections are extremely important in the US and throughout the world including chronic wounds ($25 billion annually in US) and periodontitis (affects about 90% of the world's population during their lifetime). Although I have provided you with one manuscript, I'm happy to provide others. I chose this paper since Elio and Friedman focused on it in 'Small things considered' http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/2013/05/no-bacterium-is-an-island.html. Thanks, Marvin Whiteley

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