Survival of the Fattest – a TB bacterium (approximately 0.003mm in length)

An enhanced image of the tubercle bacillus coughed up by a patient photographed through a microscope in the in The Gambia. The red fat droplets had not been seen before. They are linked to the bug’s survival when exposed to antibiotics and to its transmission. We are studying these “Fat and Lazy” bacteria to develop faster treatments and better ways of stopping spread of the disease.

TB kills two people every minute of every day, infects one third of humanity and treatment currently takes six months.

Professor Michael Barer Infection, Immunity and Inflamation

Michael Barer 1065 Infection, Immunity and Inflamation

 

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