Feeling A Little Hoarse? Equines May Help Solve Scratchy Throats

New research involving horses may be able to provide clues to human sore throats. Researchers at the Houston Medical Research Institute in Texas, working with scientists from the Animal Health Trust, a scientific and veterinary research charity in the United Kingdom, have identified new genes that might be able to explain how the bacteria that causes sore throats can survives in people.

Streptococcus pyogenes is a bacteria that causes over 600 million cases of sore throats each year. Causing inflammation, infection follows on heels of the swelling, creating over 100 million cases of diseases like acute rheumatic fever, scarlet fever and necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating disease, each year. The throat-infecting bacteria has over 1,800 genes, and little is known about most of them.

While researchers must traditionally investigate one gene at a time, British scientists have discovered a way to test all of the genes of Streptococcus equi, a close relative of the bacteria that infects horses, simultaneously. Using the same technique used on the equine bacteria, the Texas researchers were able to look at the human strain of the bacteria and determine that 92 genes need to grow in human saliva to reach the infections stage.

It is hoped d that the ability to test every gene at once will accelerate the research on human sore throats and disease, resulting in new therapeutics and vaccines to improve human health.

Read more at Health Day.

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