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Arctic Essential Genes Used to Create Temperature Sensitive Pathogens

Francis Nano of Canada's University of Victoria will introduce essential genes found in Arctic bacteria into the genomes of "warm-loving" pathogens, making them unable to grow at core body temperatures. Such microbes could survive on human skin, which is cold enough to allow for replication and the stimulation of a strong immune system response, but not survive further dissemination into deeper and warmer tissue.

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