Matthew R. Pincus, Nicholas Cassai, Jie Ouyang, Sharvari Dalal

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The genus Bacillus covers a large group of gram-positive to gram-variable bacilli that characteristically form endospores and generally undergo aerobic metabolism. Because B. Anthracis, a cause of serious human infection especially from spores and a potential agent in biological terrorist attacks, is a member of this genus, there has been considerable interest in the bacilli. Other members of the bacilli such as B. Cereus and B. Sublilis are also known to cause human disease that often results in sepsis. It came to be recognized that the bacilli contained a highly heterogeneous group of bacteria, a substantial number of which were gram-variable bacilli, often presenting as gram-negative, and which were facultatively anaerobic. This distinct group was referred to as "Group 3 bacilli" and included B. Polymyxa and closely related species.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Detection of Human Bacterial Pathogens
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781439812396
ISBN (Print)9781439812389
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


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