Bacterial Virulence Factors

  title={Bacterial Virulence Factors},
  author={Douglas I. Johnson},
What is a pathogen? What is a virulence factor? At one time, these were relatively straightforward questions to address. During the late nineteenth century, when Pasteur and Koch were developing the germ theory of disease, a pathogen was simply defined as a microorganism that was capable of causing disease in a host (only human hosts will be considered in this book). Pioneers in the burgeoning field of clinical microbiology showed that life-threatening diseases such as anthrax, diphtheria… CONTINUE READING


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