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Analysis of the Rickettsia africae genome reveals that virulence acquisition in Rickettsia species may be explained by genome reduction

Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Khalid El Karkouri, Quentin Leroy, Catherine Robert, Bernadette Giumelli, Patricia Renesto, Cristina Socolovschi, Philippe Parola, St├ęphane Audic and Didier Raoult*

BMC Genomics 2009, 10:166  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-166

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