NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by investigators at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute delves into the genetics and evolutionary history of a dysentery-causing microbe called Shigella sonnei that has become more widespread in rapidly industrializing regions, including places with improved water quality. This pattern opposes that established for the related species called S. flexneri, a frequent dysentery culprit in developing countries which tends to wane once clean water sources are available.

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