Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, September 14th, 2004
Streptococcal bacteria use an enzyme called streptokinase to block the blood clotting response and allow themselves to move more freely around the human host's circulatory system. The molecule is so specific, it only works on humans, not on other animals.
"The theory is that, as bacteria cause a local infection and begin to grow, the clotting system produces clots in the blood vessels around the infection, closing the...
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