AGRIBUSINESS: Researchers Find Way to “Disarm” E. coli

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Every year, there are nearly 100,000 cases of E. coli O157 in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But recent research from the University of Glasgow suggests a better way to prevent E. coli.

One of the leading sources of the bacteria is cattle, and that can transfer to humans. In the study, a team from the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation found that the E. coli O157 strain can not attach itself to a host with high concentrations of the specific amino acid D-Serine.

Dr. Andrew Roe with the institute says disarming the bacteria makes it less likely to evolve resistance.

The discovery published in the ISME journal opens up the possibility of altering the diet of cattle to prevent or treat E. coli.


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