Jumping Gene Linked to MRSA Spread

The Scientist – There seems to be no stopping methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from wreaking havoc in hospitals and communities around the globe. But identifying the molecular factors underlying the rapid and virulent spread of the superbug, which is resistant to common antibiotics, could be the first step. Now, researchers have identified a once rare but increasingly common gene that appears to be driving the spread and virulence of MRSA infections in Chinese hospitals. Read article