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TB bacterium uses its sugar coat to sweeten its chances of living in lungs
Date:9/29/2008

Schlesinger said that the discovery of these strains of TB that behave so differently and which are associated with outbreaks of active disease is another indication that the TB bacterium has evolved in relative isolation in different regions of the world.

"We feel that these isolates in different areas of the world interact with humans in a special way, and if these bugs then travel to a different part of the world and an abnormal encounter occurs, there can be outbreaks of TB as a result of the migration patterns of these strains," he said.


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Contact: Larry Schlesinger
larry.schlesinger@osumc.edu
614-292-8789
Ohio State University
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