April Update: Help Stop TB

The researchers welcome a new permanent team member.


The Help Stop TB project was created to study the sheath of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes the disease. This knowledge could help scientists better understand how the bacterium protects itself, which could in turn assist in the search for better treatments.

In October, the World Health Organization released the most recent global statistics on TB, including the following:

  • In 2019, an estimated 10 million people contracted TB. 
  • 1.4 million people died from TB in 2019. 
  • TB remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, and the leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV/AIDS).

New permanent team member

Late last year, PhD candidate Connor McGee completed an eight-week rotation with the research team. We're thrilled to announce that Connor has now joined the team full-time! We'll include the details of his role in the researchers' next project update. 

Current status of work units

  • In progress:  27 batches (2,700 work units )
  • Completed:   24,060 batches
                         60 batches in the last 30 days
                         Average of 2.0 batches per day

Note: For this particular project, the researchers often need to analyze the batches we send back to them before they can build more work units. This can sometimes lead to an intermittent work unit supply.


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