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Taylor Mach, Amanda Brosnahan


Staphylococcus aureus is a strain of bacteria that is found growing inside
of the nasal cavity. It is a gram positive bacterium that is for the most
part not harmful and can cause slight skin infection. However the reason
that CSP research is doing this study is because there can be severe
cases that cause organ failure or death if untreated. For this reason CSP
has been conducting research on the passage and toxin production of S.
aureus for the past number of years and have collected around 1,700
nasal swabs to test the CSP community for its positivity rate. The
research done here is showing the importance of the gene SEB and how
it affects the body in ways such as food poisoning.


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