unit 4 DB - which will help in the fight against the...

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I have chosen Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) as my topic for today’s discussion board. Entrerococcus resides primarily in the digestive system and make up a significant part of the normal bacterial population in healthy people, however colonization and lead to infection. If infection occurs it can cause disease of the urinary tract, bloodstream, heart valves, and the brain. Enterococci have two types of resistance to vancomycin: acquired and intrinsic (natural). Some strands of enterococci evolved by gaining resistance from sharing genetic information with other bacteria they came in contact with. Most VRE infections are treatable by using an antibiotic other than vancomycin. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) are in the process of developing new vancomycin-based remedies to combat VRE
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Unformatted text preview: which will help in the fight against the diseases caused by enterococci infections. One method to slow the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a method called gene transfer disabling. Dahl (2003) states this is accomplished using a drug that blocks the passage of resistance genes between bacteria. I feel by having this drug, and using it in conjunction with antibiotics, we can greatly decrease the evolution of a lot of antibiotic resistant bacteria. References Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE). (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/ vancomycin-resistant_enterococci_vre/article.htm Clark, Dahl. (February 23, 2000). Gene Transfer Disabling Drugs . Retrieved from http://www.realizen.com/core/lit/pdfs/duke/bio25L-2-23-00.pdf...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course SCIE 206 taught by Professor Antoinettegaston during the Spring '10 term at American InterContinental University.

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