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Five new Listeria species found; may improve tests

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Cornell researchers have discovered five new species of a group of bacteria called Listeria – including one named for Cornell – that provide new insights that could lead to better ways to detect soil bacteria in food. To date, of the 10 previously known species of Listeria, only two are pathogenic to humans; Listeria monocytogenes is the main cause of Listeriosis, which causes illness in hundreds – and death in nearly 250 – people each year in the United States through infected deli meats, seafood and produce.

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