The pathogen Leptospira interrogans causes leptospirosis - a widely spread disease of global concern.
Leptospirosis infection causes flu-like episodes with frequent severe kidney and liver damage.
Researchers from China have sequenced the genome of this bacterium.
| The genome includes a group of proteins involved in blood clotting.|
Dr Guo-Ping Zhao's team has found that the genome contains over 4,500 genes.
The team has found that it includes a group of proteins involved in blood clotting. These proteins may play a part in the hemorrhaging that accompanys leptospirosis.
Researchers can now compare the genome to related disease-causing organisms such as Borrelia burgdorferi and Treponema pallidum, which cause Lyme disease and syphilis. These comparisons may yield new insights into the biology of these pathogens.