Uniform Language For Describing Genes Of Pathogenic And Beneficial Microbes

Thu, 01 Mar 2007 10:00 AM EST

... An international group of scientists has announced a major expansion of a lingua franca used to describe the activities of genes in living organisms. The expansion provides terms that scientists can use to describe the complex events that occur when a pathogenic or beneficial microbe encounters its host. Understanding these events is crucial for developing new interventions for preventing infections by disease-causing microbes while preserving or encouraging the presence of beneficial microbes. ...