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October Update: Help Stop TB
20 Oct 2020   

Summary

TB was the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent in 2019. This project is studying the bacterium that causes TB to help shed light on the search for better treatments.


Background

The Help Stop TB project was created to study the sheath of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), in order to help scientists look for better treatments.

On October 14, 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 student begins rotation

In addition to the new team member who was introduced in the last project update, the researchers added a student team member who began an eight-week rotation with the lab a few days ago. The student has a background and interest in statistics, which will be helpful for data analysis.

Current status of work units

  • In progress:  34 batches (3,369 work units )
  • Completed:   23,660 batches
                         80 batches in the last 30 days
                         Average of 2.67 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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