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Which variants of Campylobacter bacteria cause food poisoning?

There are 35 species of Campylobacter, but only two of these cause most human disease.
In the UK, Campylobacter jejuni causes about 90% and Campylobacter coli cause about 10%.

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The bacterium Campylobacter causes food poisoning and worse.  It is found naturally in the guts of animals we eat and is apparently harmless to them.  When it enters the food chain via contamination or we are exposed directly, two species of Campylobacter make us sick.  Maiden Lab sequences the genomes of these bacteria and links this data to cases of gastroenteritis.  We have created visual ways for you to look at our data and invite you to explore these and the data too.

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How can you use different genomic methods to identify Klebsiella species?

Accurately identifying bacterial species is an essential part of microbiology, with relevance to many scientific disciplines and medical sciences. 

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Violin plot of Klebsiella genome size

Defining bacterial species is a complex task, involving assessments of phenotypic and genetic characteristics, which are unique to a set of bacteria and differ sufficiently from others. There are many important species within the Klebsiella genus that are of interest to scientists and clinicians worldwide. It is therefore important for them to be able to accurately identify the species from the 13 Klebsiella spp. recognised to date and the 4 closely-related Raoultella spp.