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Articles about tuberculosis

Microbes Making Their Mark in Drug Discovery

By Siouxsie Wiles

Living things that glow in the dark are showing great potential in the fight against drug-resistant tuberculosis.

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by how nasty microbes cause disease. How can something as tiny as a bacterium or virus kill something as complicated as us?

And kill us they do. It turns out that about one of every three people who die worldwide are killed by infectious microbes. That’s a staggering 14 million people each year. Even more frightening is the fact that, through the process of evolution, many microbes are becoming resistant to what treatments we do have.