NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists at Duke University have found that a gene variant that affects cholesterol levels can potentially increase a patient's risk of contracting typhoid fever. At the same time, they discovered that a common cholesterol-lowering drug called Zetia could protect zebrafish (and possibly humans) against Salmonella typhi, the culprit behind typhoid.

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