The majority of genes in the pathogenic Neisseria species are present in non-pathogenic Neisseria lactamica, including those designated as 'virulence genes'
Background: Neisseria meningitidis causes the life-threatening diseases meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicemia. Neisseria gonorrhoeae is closely related to the meningococcus, but is the cause of the very different infection, gonorrhea. A number of genes have been implicated in the virulence of these related yet distinct pathogens, but the genes that define and differentiate the species and their behaviours have not been established. Further, a related species, Neisseria lactami...Expand abstract
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which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Citation: Snyder, L. A. S. & Saunders, N. J. (2006). 'The majority of genes in the pathogenic Neisseria species are present in non-pathogenic Neisseria lactamica, including those designated as 'virulence genes', BMC Genomics, 7: 128. [Available at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/7/128].
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