Pneumonia Bacteria Evolve To Evade Vaccine

Published 01/30 2012 09:50AM

Updated 01/30 2012 09:52AM

Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis in children trade bits of their genome with other bacteria to evade vaccines, a study published this weekend reports.
The findings show how quickly deadly bacteria can disguise themselves, and how difficult it is for medicine to keep up.
Researchers believe bacteria-caused diseases kill more than a million young children each year worldwide.
The study is in the current issue of "Nature Genetics."

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