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Diagnostics Microbiology and immunology, Genetics and epigenetics, Omics

The Survival Artists

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a pathogen known to survive in hostile conditions, but until recently, its ability to survive without oxygen has not been well understood. A recent study from researchers in New Zealand, Germany and the US has managed to shed some light on the subject (1). Up to a third of the world’s population may have a latent TB infection (2), and the researchers hope that discovering mechanisms that allow mycobacteria to survive may lead to new drug targets for TB.

Michael Berney, assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, and one of the study’s lead authors, tells us more.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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