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Fri, 1st Nov 2013

Bodyguard drugs and TB

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (c) Photo Credit: Janice Carr; Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Ray Butler, Janice Carr ; Original uploader was TimVickers

Tuberculosis is a major world problem, but extremely difficult to treat - vaccines are toxic to humans, and the disease-causing bacteria have a habit of hiding in the very cells tasked with destroying them. Immune system bodyguard drugs that fend off TB before it can hide could soon be possible, according to new research. Simon Bishop speaks to Professor Kurt Drickamer about the work.

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