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Study reveals bovine origin for human MRSA strain

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A RECENT study has suggested a type of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus found in people originated in cattle at least 40 years ago. Researchers say that their work provides clear evidence that livestock were the original source of the MRSA strain, which is now widespread in the human population.

The researchers, from a number of different institutions, including the Roslin Institute and Cambridge veterinary school, …

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