Daily Archives: February 6, 2014

Grapplers and Science: Researchers Identify What Turns Harmless Bacteria Into Flesh-Eating Killer

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The title is a little misleading, but still exciting nevertheless. We all know Staphylococcus, or staph, is a bacteria that usually lives on our skin, and for most doesn’t really cause a problem. But, sometimes this bacteria goes wrong, causes an infection, or worse has a Hulk-out and becomes MRSA, an acronym that strikes fear into the heart of every grappler.

 According to this article, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine have figured out what causes the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes to go from harmless bacteria bro, to flesh eating grossness. I would highly recommend reading it, because I’m about to poorly summarize the article and will not do it nearly enough justice, but they have been able to pinpoint the amino acid that promotes the growth of the harmful bacteria, and have discovered how to arrest its proliferation.

While the research has focused on step rather than staph,this research is absolutely a step in the right direction to more effective treatments of other harmful bacteria, such as staph, which personally I think is pretty exciting!


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