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Chlamydia Linked to Atherosclerosis

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Science  07 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5267, pp. 1422
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5267.1422


The bacteria Chlamydia has always been an odd bug, causing an illness in parrots as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Now a recently discovered species, C. pneumoniae, offers an even bigger surprise: It consistently turns up in the arteries of patients with atherosclerosis.