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Scientists trace bone infection to new bacteria species: study

Scientists have traced a bone infection to a newly described species of bacteria related to the tuberculosis pathogen. The discovery may help improve diagnosis and treatment of similar infections, according to a study.

Some rare genetic diseases can make patients susceptible to infections with Mycobacterium species, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy.

These patients often suffer from recurring mycobacterial infections throughout their lives. Because of this, researchers are trying to identify unusual species that cause disease in order to improve treatment strategies.

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