Colette E O'Neill

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Chlamydia trachomatis causes sexually transmitted infections and the blinding disease trachoma. Current data on C. trachomatis phylogeny show that there is only a single trachoma-causing clade, which is distinct from the lineages causing urogenital tract (UGT) and lymphogranuloma venerum diseases. Here we report the whole-genome sequences of ocular C.(More)
The use of whole-genome sequencing as a tool for the study of infectious bacteria is of growing clinical interest. Chlamydia trachomatis is responsible for sexually transmitted infections and the blinding disease trachoma, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Recombination is widespread within the genome of C. trachomatis, thus(More)
BACKGROUND Enterotoxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus may cause severe inflammatory intestinal disease, particularly in infants or immunodeficient or elderly patients. They are also recognized to be associated with sudden infant death syndrome. Little is known, however, about mucosal responses to staphylococci. METHODS The mucosal lesion in three infants(More)
Isothermal amplification is a rapid, simple alternative to PCR, with amplification commonly detected using fluorescently labelled oligonucleotide probes, intercalating dyes or increased turbidity as a result of magnesium pyrophosphate generation. SNP identification is possible but requires either allele-specific primers or multiple dye-labelled probes, but(More)
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide and the leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries. Tetracycline is commonly the drug of choice for treating C. trachomatis infections, but cases of antibiotic resistance in clinical isolates have previously been reported. Here, we used antibiotic(More)
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