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DNA Sleuths Track C. difficile Infection Routes

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Science  27 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6153, pp. 1440
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6153.1440

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Patients hit with C. difficile often have violent diarrhea, which spreads the bug easily in unsanitary conditions. Control efforts have long focused on sick patients, but new evidence suggests that asymptomatic carriers may be spreading the disease.

  • * Gunjan Sinha is a science writer based in Berlin.