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A win for basic research: CMU cell biologists suggest a simple treatment for food poisoning

February 7, 2012 by

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Last May, contaminated fenugreek seeds caused an unusually severe outbreak of food poisoning in Germany, affecting nearly 4,000 people. 50 of those people died. The cause was a strain of E. coli bacterium that releases a tiny protein called Shiga toxin into the blood, causing damage to blood vessels and sometimes fatal kidney failure. Worldwide, […]