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Campylobacter Research sheds light on bacterium

A graduate student at Yale University has uncovered the answer to how Campylobacter jejuni is able to penetrate intestinal epithelial cells. This research was highlighted in a recent press release:

Yale researchers now have some answers about how the bacterium that is the leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States enters cells of the gut and avoids detection and destruction, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Diego in December.

While scientists are just beginning to answer basic questions about how Campylobacter jejuni ( campylobacter ) causes infection, Robert Watson, a graduate student in the Section of Microbial Pathogenesis at Yale University School of Medicine worked out a better way to study the bacteria and reported that it takes an uncommon path as it infects cells.