Crop Biotech Update

Researchers Study the Mystery in Salmonella's Survival

October 14, 2011

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research and University of Sheffield received a grant to study the lifecycle of Salmonella inside the human body, with the goal of eventually finding better cure for diseases caused by different strains. They will use advanced tools to find out what the pathogen obtains from the host cells to allow growth.

"We inferred that Salmonella uses different pathways to generate the energy required for growth and survival in macrophages and epithelial cells," said Dr. Arthur Thompson, one of the researchers. "What we want to do now is work out what these pathways are...If we can identify what Salmonella depends on for growth in the cells, we may be able to design new therapeutic agents to block this happening and prevent its growth."

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