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Escherichia coli

Attributes Of E. Coli, Importance In Laboratory Studies, Discoveries Made In E. Coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a very common bacterium that normally inhabits the digestive tract of animals, including humans. It is widespread in the natural world and can also be found in soil and water. It is a member of the bacterial family Enterobacteriaciae, which also includes the bacteria Shigella, Salmonella, and Yersinia, among others. Some of these organisms, including E. coli, can cause serious diseases under certain conditions.

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