Genetic analysis of diverse disease-causing pneumococci indicates high levels of diversity within serotypes and capsule switching.


We have used multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and serotyping to build a phylogenetic framework for pneumococcal disease isolates in Scotland that provides a snapshot of the relationships between capsular type and genotype. The results show that while the MLST type correlates with the serotype, isolates within a serotype can belong to a number of individual… (More)