Major Gift Helps Institute Tackle TB | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 26 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 29, 2015

Major Gift Helps Institute Tackle TB

Department: Business
Keywords: pharmaceuticals, tuberculosis, TB, neglected diseases

With the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis growing, a group of more than 20 philanthropists has given $20 million to help scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard unravel the mechanisms bacteria use to become resistant to antibiotics and develop rapid diagnostics for drug-resistant TB. The Broad team also hopes to translate its biological findings into fast-acting drugs. Currently, it can take up to six months of treatment to fully tackle TB. More than 2 billion people are infected with TB, and nearly 2 million of them die every year, Broad notes.

 
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