Mayo Clinic Care Network Provider Altru Health System Discovers Bacteria, Name it ‘Altruii’
Altru Health System, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, is celebrating a big discovery of a very small thing. A team of microbiologists recently discovered a bacteria species and have named it "altruii" after the hospital system, said Marijo Roiko, microbiology program director.
In November, microbiologists isolated the bacteria from a blood culture, one of about 900 they test per month. Bacteria are usually discovered from environmental sources but infrequently from clinical specimens, as in this case, according to Altru.