UC Berkeley Team Says Gene Set Increases tuberculosis Virulence | GenomeWeb

A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, were able to create a more deadly form of tuberculosis by disabling a family of genes in the pathogen that were originally believed to impair the bug’s transmissibility. The team’s findings, which were unexpected, also showed that the mutant strain can multiply more rapidly than the ordinary form.

These biomarkers, if verified, may help researchers refine diagnostic and therapeutic products for TB.

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