NEW YORK, June 12 – The Institute for Genomic Research has sequenced the genome of Porphyromonas gingivalis , a bacterium thought to be a leading contributor to adult gum disease, the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday.

It is the first oral disease-causing microbe to be completely sequenced. The sequencing project was supported by the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

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