Scientists have sequenced the complete genome for the syphilis bacterium, Treponema pallidum, an achievement that experts say will pave the way for the development of preventive vaccines and better diagnostic tests (Science. 1998;281:375-387).
The project, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was a collaborative effort by researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and the Institute for Genomic Research, Rockville, Md.
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