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McMaster Researchers Discover New Mode of How Diseases Evolve
February 13, 2009
Researchers of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research have discovered a new way that bacteria evolve into something that can make you sick. The finding, published in the February 16 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has implications for how scientists identify and assign risk to emerging diseases in the environment.
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