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Genetics Used to Track Transmission of MRSA Bacteria

New technology has made it possible, for the first time, to track the potentially deadly bacteria MRSA around the world or from one person to another, a new study reports.

The ability to track MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can help scientists figure out how the bacteria mutates and spreads so fast. It also could lead to better ways to control the infection as well as other emerging "superbugs," researchers say.

"This is the first demonstration of a new approach to genome sequencing," Stephen Bentley, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in England and senior author of the study, said during a Wednesday teleconference.

"This is set to revolutionize genetic sequencing in general, and, I believe, a particular impact will be seen with bacteria, and more particularly, those bacteria which cause infectious disease," he said.

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