Genomics of Pathogenic Clostridia and Bacilli

Armin Ehrenreich, Gerhard Gottschalk, and Holger Bruggemann

The taxonomy of endospore-forming bacteria has become complex in recent years. In addition to the classical genera Clostridium, Bacillus, and Desulfotomaculum, several new genera have emerged, e.g., Sporomusa, Sporoanaerobacter, Sporolactobacil-lus, Sporosarcina, Thermoanaerobacter, and Moorella. So far as is known, these genera do not comprise pathogenic species. Such species, however, are found amongst the clostridia and bacilli, the genomics of which will be discussed here.

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