Researchers at Forsyth Dental Center are tracing the identity of unknown and emerging microbes, some of which have foiled the efforts of investigators around the country. Using the newest molecular methods, Floyd Dewhirst and Bruce Paster, associate professors in the Harvard School of Dental Medicine's Department of Oral Biology, are identifying mysterious bacterial species that may be the cause of dental root caries and periodontitis. But the search is not limited to the oral cavity. Dewhirst and Paster have received funding from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to ID 1,000 bacterial cultures on the CDC's most wanted list.
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