Genome sequencing for Chlamydia trachomatis - finally
For the first time, genome sequencing has been carried out on Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis), a bacteria responsible for the disease Trachoma
"Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Menzies School of Health Research, Australia have discovered that genes can move from chlamydia strains in the eye to sexually transmitted strains of chlamydia, allowing them to then infect the eye and cause Trachoma -- a neglected tropical .. It was previously believed tha...t the different version of Chlamydia that caused trachoma were a completely separate lineage from those that cause STIs, this research team has proven otherwise. The team has provided strong evidence that the acquisition of just one or two gene variants can change an STI causing strain into a Trachoma associated strain. Because it is also now known that Chlamydia can readily exchange DNA this shows that there is a continued potential for new variant Trachoma strains to emerge.."