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Arcobacter: Foodborne Pathogen's Genome Exposed

If a little-known microbe called Arcobacter butzleri has contaminated the water you drink or the food you eat, this troublesome pathogen could make you sick. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever, all of which can become chronic if left untreated.

But investigations by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist William G. Miller and colleagues may speed discovery of innovative ways to control this microbe.

In 2007, Miller and co-researchers deciphered the sequence of the pathogen's genetic material, or genome. This work was a scientific "first" for any of the world's Arcobacters. Based at the ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif., Miller did the research with co-investigators there and with others in the United States and abroad.
 
 

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