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Fecal Bacteria Overpower Supershedding C. diff in Mice

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A mix of six different bacteria found naturally in the healthy gut system of mice and isolated from feces can succeed where antibiotics fail, and eradicate murine infection by highly contagious strains of the Gram-positive anaerobe Clostridium difficile, including the human epidemic 027/BI strain, report scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The findings point to a promising approach for treating antibiotic-resistant C. difficile infection and controlling its spread by harnessing naturally occurring microbial communities.

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