Getting Good Bacteria To Crunch Kidney Stones
Most bacteria seek to live in harmony with their host. Some are even beneficial. One example is Oxalobacter formigenes, an intestinal bacterium associated with a reduced incidence of kidney stones, an ailment that affects some 25 million Americans over a lifetime. Scientists at the University of Florida in Gainesville have isolated two genes from this bacterium that may pave the way to gene therapy for kidney stones.
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