File - Associate professor of microbiology Sima Tokajian at her lab at the LAU campus in Byblos, Friday, May 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Scientists at Lebanese American University have sequenced the full genome of bacteria that cause skin infections, food-borne illnesses and other diseases in patients in Lebanon, an important milestone in combating dangerous microbes here that are resistant to antibiotics.The sequencing will help shed light on pathogenesis – the process through which bacteria like E. coli can cause illnesses, the resistance of bacteria to antibiotic treatment, the origin of microbes found here and their potential to spread in the community, researchers said. Tokajian said the genome sequencing could aid in the fight against antibiotic resistance by allowing physicians to identify resistant strains of bacteria and target them with effective medicine that they have not yet developed a resistance for.As the costs of analyzing the genome of bacteria collected from patients declines, the technique will increasingly be used to diagnose patients, Tokajian said.
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