Genetics of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

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Genetics of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) 
What is Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)? 

H.Pylori is a type of bacteria that can live in the stomach. This can make some people sick. H. pylori can spread from one person to another through contaminated food or water. Poor hygiene and living conditions can increase the risk of being sick from H. pylori.

Common symptoms of this sickness include: 

  • Stomach pain 
  • Bloating 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Weight loss 

Some people may not have any symptoms at all. If left untreated, the infection can lead to more serious problems, like cancers or intense stomach problems. 

How is the research done? 

The study team will use BioVU resources to find if there is a genetic association that makes people more likely to have an infection. The team will examine those with a history of or who have been tested for H. pylori infection. They will study their genes to find any clues that may point to increased risks for this infection. They will see if the clues found explain why some have a more serious infection than others. 

What is the importance of this study? 

Scientists want to learn more about the causes and possible treatments for the condition. This research may improve understanding of the genetic role of H.pylori. This can help explain why some people are impacted by this illness and if genes make the sickness worse for some people.