Tagged: mycobacteria

Monday Micro – whole genome sequencing untangles the history of leprosy - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 17, 2013

As David Winter sets out to blog about the exciting Tuatara sequencing project, just in time for Monday Micro comes news that scientists have used sequencing to untangle a little more of the history of leprosy. Just in case you need reminding, leprosy*, also known as Hansen’s disease, is caused by the extremely … Read More

Monday Micro: wiley bacterium makes ‘stem cells’ to aid dissemination - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 21, 2013

Mycobacterium leprae was apparently the first bacterium to be identified as causing disease in humans. The year was 1873. The disease was leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. Despite popular belief, leprosy doesn’t make your arms and legs fall off. But if left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes, … Read More