A research group called CU and the CDC comprised of both undergraduate students from Clemson and officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) had the privilege of naming a new strain of Legionella bacteria after the University- Legionella clemsonensis.
The CDC sent 68 strains of Legionella bacteria that didn’t match up to any strains in the current database to Clemson students to analyze. Through sequencing two genes, the students were to determine if the species could be identified as one of the known strains of Legionella, or if the strains were new. These tests revealed that one of the species, now known as Legionella clemsonensis, did not align with any strands of currently known Legionella.
Legionella clemsonensis was originally isolated from a patient in Ohio, according to the CDC. Aside from not matching to any other known Legionella groupings, this strand of bacteria also uniquely gave off a fluoresced green hue when shown with ultraviolet light. Typically, Legionella strains will emulate a fluoresced blue, red, or yellow hue when shown with ultraviolet light.
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.Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com for updates to this post or for more information on Legionnaires’ disease