ISU RESEARCH: New Process On Bacteria Behavior

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Researchers at Iowa State University have identified a new process about how bacteria adapt to the kidney.

The process for how the E. coli bacteria adapts to the kidney could lead to new treatments to stop urinary tract infections.

The bacteria can cause these infections if they are able to adapt to a new environment when they work their way from your intestines into your bladder or kidney.

In the U.S., urinary tract infections account for seven million visits to the doctor and $1.6 billion in health care spending, said Ganwu Li, a professor at Iowa State University.

Between 80 and 90 percent of these infections are caused by E. coli, Li added.