Friday, December 6, 2019
Researchers found that the bacteria Group A Streptococcus has the ability to attach itself to red blood cells to hide from immune cells. Using nanotechnology, the team was able to track the bacteria and and its secreted protein s (named such because it is only made by the Streptococcus genus). Further analysis showed that S made the bacteria more deadly and harder to kill in the mice it affected. They are going to study it further to see if the information can help them combat other types of Streptococcus and more importantly lead to a vaccine.
This is an amazing discovery! This bacteria has a hand in many diseases and if someone can figure out how it is so effective many people can be saved a year. I would love to read more about what they find because of this protein.
Related Article: https://nccid.ca/debrief/group-a-streptococcus/