July Update: Help Stop TB

The researchers are getting ready to analyze their data using new methods.


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

In October 2020, 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).

Data analysis

Since the newest research team member joined the team permanently, the group has been able to developed a few more methods to help with their data analysis. Right now they are checking that these methods run consistently and making sure that the data is ready.

Current status of work units

  • In progress:  25 batches (4,100 work units)
  • Completed:   24,229 batches
                         57 batches in the last 30 days
                         Average of 1.9 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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