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A Salmonella Vaccine?

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich, UK., have shown for the first time that salmonella relies on glucose for its survival; raising the possibility of vaccine protection against this food-borne illness and other disease-causing bacteria, including super bugs.

“This is the first time that anyone has identified the nutrients that sustain Salmonella while it is infecting a host’s body,” said Dr Arthur Thompson, IFR group leader. “Our experiments showed that glucose is the major sugar used by Salmonella during infection,” said Dr Thompson.

Apparently the study of nutrition factors for a bacterium during the infection phase is a new and emerging science and many believe could result in new ways to defend ourselves against pathogens.

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