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Research News for September 2000

Scientists in a joint venture between the Lin Clinic in Haifa, Israel and the University of Colorado scientists have located the gene responsible for insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes. The research team had been studying the genome of a large Bedouin family living in northern Israel, 30% of whom have type I diabetes.

A study by the US CDC has shown that gonorrhea is growing more difficult to treat and is building up resistance to two antibiotics, fluoroquinolones and a newer antibiotic, azithromycin. Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea have spread from Asia and similar resistance in the mainland United States and similar resistance in the 1980s rendered penicillin and tetracycline ineffective for treating gonorrhea.

Researchers at the Institute for Animal Health in the UK have reported studies that show bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, can be transmitted through blood transfusions. They show that BSE can be passed from one sheep to another through blood transfusions. However, there is no evidence yet that variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), which is thought to be the human version of mad cow disease, can be transmitted through donated blood.
Source: The Lancet, September 16, 2000

PathoGenesis Corp. and the University of Washington Genome Center have reported they have sequenced Pseudomonas aeruginosa. P. aeruginosa is one of the top three causes of opportunistic human infections, due in part to its intrinsic resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants. The final genome sequence and supplementary analyses are posted at the Pseudomonas Genome Project Web site (www.pseudomonas.com).
Source: Nature, August 30, 2000

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