New Chlamydia Strain

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Marc Randy
Science & Tech Editor

Chlamydia is the most commonly contracted (and cured) sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the world for both sexes. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 1.8 million people were infected with chlamydia. Chlamydia (the STD), is an infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. Symptoms of chlamydia include pain while urinating for both men and women, as well as pain during intercourse for women and testicular pain for men.

According to, chlamydia is called a “silent” STD because it is common for infected people to exhibit little to no symptoms. Because of this chlamydia often goes untreated. This is however, a very bad thing to do because untreated chlamydia can have severe consequences. For women in particular, untreated chlamydia can lead to chronic pelvic pain or even infertility.

On March 5th, a study published in the scientific journal Current Biology mentioned a new strain of chlamydia was discovered in the Arctic Ocean. Jennah Dharamshi, a student at the Uppsala University in Sweden, was the lead author of this study. She and her team didn’t expect to find Chlamydiae bacteria in an environment like the Arctic Ocean. What’s interesting about this chlamydia strain, Dharamshi and her team discovered, was that the bacteria were thriving despite having next to no access to oxygen or without a host organism to survive off. This discovery could be particularly interesting in finding out how the chlamydia bacteria evolved alongside other species over time.  

Originally Published on Vol.49 Issue 11 on March 18th, 2020