Genomic Research Laboratory – Staphylococcus aureus infections

Dr Patrice Francois describes the evolution of the Staphylococcus aureus infections and highlights the challenge of managing it in hospitals and healthcare facilities

In this probing e-book, we discover that for many decades, the clinical challenge due to Staphylococcus aureus infections in the hospital, community, and in veterinary medicine has led to intensive investigations.

Dr Patrice Francois, Head of Genomic Research Laboratory at Geneva University Hospitals provides a compelling article on the evolution of Staphylococcus aureus. The importance of mobile genetic elements on bacterial virulence and host tropism is placed under the spotlight. For example, we find out that in the environment, bacteria from various species are in close contact and could exchange information, nutrients and genetic material.

This in-depth article concludes that Geneva University Hospitals showed that, “resistance against antimicrobials could result to exposition to the drug, or to the acquisition from another bacterial cell of a specific gene allowing resistance, thus following exposition to selection pressure.”

Basic research

In an additional editorial feature, we find out that basic research is a key area that the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) promotes and funds. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports basic research that is not tied to a specific institution or industry, but seeks to improve knowledge overall.

We also learn that the SNFS makes a strong point of reinforcing ethical practices. Indeed, in 2014 they published a document detailing their use of animal testing. In addition, The SNFS takes a firm stance in favour of gender equality. “Their statement on the issue outlines a ‘gender neutral’ atmosphere they hope to create, with a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of prejudice” we find out.

I hope you enjoy reading this fascinating e-book.


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