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Crowdsourced Microbes Heading to Station

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Good C-DIFF Agents May Keep Our Homeland Safe

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Rogue agents always add a thrilling plot twist in any spy television show, movie or Tom Clancy novel. The devastating impact these evildoers have on the world increases suspense and concern for the characters -- and bystanders -- who may become victims. Inevitably, it is up to those who strive for good to hunt down the friends turned foe and put an end to their malicious actions.

In the world of germs, this unfortunate plot has been occurring over the last decade leaving many of us wondering if our body's homeland is at risk.

The agents are bacteria known as Clostridium difficile, better known as C-DIFF. They can be found everywhere, from our guts to the ground. Normally, they are harmless and make up a part of the trillions of bacteria that live in and around us without causing any problems. They arrive when we are infants and stick with us all the while leaving no indication they are there.

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