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Left panel: grey electron microscopic image of rod-shaped M. tuberculosis bacteria; right panel: image of a circular phylogenetic tree depicting the genetic relationship between M. tuberculose strains
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Personalised antibiotic treatment strategies for tuberculosis patients

Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with an estimated 1.4 million deaths and ten million people infected annually. Resistant and multidrug-resistant (MDR) variants of the
Namibian mother and daughter, dressed in T-shirts and skirts, the woman additionally wearing a green-brownish-coloured headscarf, squatting in front of a light blue-coloured wall.Eine afrikanische Mutter mit Tocher, beide tragen T-Shirts und Röcke, die Mutter zudem ein grün-schwarz gemustertes gebundenes Kopftuch. Beide hocken vor einer hellblau gesprichenen Wand.
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BCG tuberculosis vaccine only effective in early childhood

In the early 20th century, French scientists Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin developed a vaccine from the bovine tuberculosis bacterium Mycobacterium bovis, which was named BCG (Bacillus Calmette
Two young female scientists in a biomedical laboratory evaluating a purple-stained plaque assay in cell culture plates with 12 wells each.
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RESIST: Finding new inhibitors against coronaviruses

Finding active agents against SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses—this goal has been pursued by DZIF scientist Prof Thomas Schulz and his team at Hannover Medical School (MHH) since the virus first
Electron microscopic image of green-coloured MERS-coronavirus particles. Clearly visible are the spike-proteins on the surface of the virus particles that resemble a crown and give the coronavirus its name.

Booster vaccination with newly developed vaccine against MERS-CoV leads to robust long-lasting immunity

Besides SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is among the highly pathogenic coronaviruses that can lead to severe respiratory disease and death. It is

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