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When bacteria swarm: H. pylori home in on our stomach cells

Helicobacter pylori
Aug 12 2015
Fellow, Research, Stanford

Imagine you're thrown into wild ocean waters, battered by waves until you can't tell which way is up. Your only chance of survival is to somehow sense the location of a rock outcropping and cling to it. Now factor in that the churning water is highly acidic and lethal – that's the predicament facing Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that makes its home in one out of every two human stomachs and, for an unfortunate 20 percent of its hosts, causes ulcers.

Lead author Julie Huang is a 2014 DARE Fellow.