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Michael Otto Coagulase-negative staphylococci as reservoirs of genes facilitating MRSA infection BioEssays 35

Version of Record online: 19 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/bies.201200112

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Staphylococcus epidermidis is a source for factors that – after horizontal gene transfer – enable Staphylococcus aureus to survive in the human host and cause disease: colonization factors, antibiotic resistance genes, and rarely toxins. The transfer of genes from S. aureus to S. epidermidis is unusual and possibly blocked by CRISPR-mediated interference.

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