The Survival Artists
We know mycobacteria can survive in the absence of oxygen. But what is their secret?
Roisin McGuigan |
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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