Escherichia coli


Bacteria: Escherichia coli. A cluster of Escherichia coli bacteria, known as E.coli. Rod-shaped, Gram- negative bacilli (Enterobacteriaceae). Normally inhabit intestine of humans/ animals, usually harmless. Under certain conditions E.coli may increase and cause infection. Serotypes of E.coli are responsible for gastroenteritis in children. In adults it causes "Travellers diarrhoea" and is responsible for 80% of urinary tract infections. It's also the most used bacteria for genetic studies.

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