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Penn State

Burst of Mutations During Initial Infection Allows Bacteria To Evade Human Immune Response

Caption: The study shows, for the first time, and in real-time, the interplay between the human immune system and invading bacteria that allows the bacteria to counter the immune response by quickly evolving. A paper describing the research is published in the 13 June 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications. This electron micrograph shows the stomach bacteria Helicobactor pylori.

Credit: Yutaka Tsutsumi, Fujita Health University School of Medicine

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