January 18, 2013

Leprosy Reprograms the Body

Gisela Telis, Science Now


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Leprosy has plagued humans for thousands of years, but that doesn't mean it has revealed all of its secrets. A new study in mice suggests the disfiguring disease employs a bit of biological trickery to do its damage: It reprograms certain nerve cells to become like stem cells and uses them to infiltrate the body's muscle and nervous systems.

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TAGGED: Cells, Cellular Biology, Bacterial Infection, Leprosy

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