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Bacteria to Blame for Kidney Stones?

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 153
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.153a

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Tiny bacteria have been fingered as possible culprits behind kidney stones and abnormal calcium deposits in other tissues. The bacteria, described in the 7 July Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are among the smallest ever found, barely bigger than some viruses.