Molecular definition of unique species status of Mycobacterium w; a candidate leprosy vaccine strain.


Mycobacterium w, a candidate leprosy vaccine strain, is an atypical cultivable mycobacterium. Based on its growth and metabolic properties, M. w was listed in Runyon Group IV, along with other rapid growers such as M. fortuitum, M. smegmatis, M. chelonae and M. vaccae. However, M. w was not fully identical to any one of these. In the present study, a… (More)


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