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Legionella effectors reflect strength in diversity

The Legionella genus includes opportunistic human pathogenic species that invade human cells using effector proteins that evolved during association with their natural amoeba hosts. A new study compares the genomes of 41 Legionella species to identify nearly 6,000 effectors, providing insight into these species' evolution and pathogenic lifestyles.

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Figure 1: Legionella life cycle.


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Comas, I. Legionella effectors reflect strength in diversity. Nat Genet 48, 115–116 (2016).

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