E. coli: A helpful bacterium?

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A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CO, USA) have observed a mechanism of E. coli that benefits iron uptake in its host cell and could hopefully in the future lead to more effective therapies for iron deficiency anemia, a disease which affects more than 1 billion individuals in the world.

The starting point for Min Han, a Professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and his research associate Bin Qi was the prevalence of E. coli. Owing to the prevalence of the bacteria they hypothesized that the pathogen had beneficial roles and set out to investigate this.

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