Clostridium sporogenes

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Clostridium sporogenes
Clostridium botulinum 01.png
Clostridium botulinum stained with gentian violet.
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Class: Clostridia
Order: Clostridiales
Family: Clostridiaceae
Genus: Clostridium
Species: C. sporogenes
Binomial name
Clostridium sporogenes
(Metchnikoff 1908) Bergey et al. 1923[1]

Clostridium sporogenes is the name given to strains of Clostridium botulinum that do not produce botulinum neurotoxins. Like other strains of C. botulinum, it is an anaerobic Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium that produces oval, subterminal endospores and is commonly found in soil. It is being investigated as a way to deliver cancer-treating drugs to tumours in patients.[2]

C. sporogenes is often used as a surrogate for C. botulinum when testing the efficacy of commercial sterilisation.[3]