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Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Blog

04 February 2013

By Helena Seth-Smith

Bacteria that cause the sexual diseases Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can swap DNA between their peers and hide from medical tests, explains Helena Seth-Smith. Genetic sequencing may help us penetrate their camouflage.

I’m fascinated by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Known as the silent sexual disease, it is responsible for infections that don’t always produce symptoms, yet can cause serious damage over time. In the UK Chlamydia is best known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is carried by approximately 4% of people. The disease can cause infertility in women who may not even know that they are even carrying the bacterium. A more aggressive form of the disease has been associated with an outbreak of proctitis (inflammation of the anus) among men who have sex with men, and in developing countries, the same bacterium is responsible for trachoma, infectious blindness. .

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