Updated 04 September 2017

Whooping cough code cracked

An international team of scientists has published the complete gene map of the bacterium that causes the infectious disease whooping cough.

Deciphering the genome of Bordetella pertussis could help scientists move more quickly in their efforts to develop better vaccines and treatments to combat the bacterium, which kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year.

It took years for British, German and American scientists to uncover the complete DNA sequence of the bacterium, BBC News Online reports. The genome appears in the journal Nature Genetics.

The researchers also completed the genomes of two other related microbes. One is B. parpapertussis, which can also cause whooping cough in humans. The other is B. bronchiseptica, responsible for respiratory infections in many animals. – (HealthDayNews)

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Professor Keertan Dheda has received several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others. Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute.

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