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Unraveling VRSA

An international team led by investigators at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary reports in the American Society for Microbiology journal mBio this week on its comparative genomic analysis of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains. The researchers specifically focused on the strains' positions within the clade most commonly associated with hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus infection in the US — clonal cluster 5, or CC5.

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