Why sequence the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis?

Radical measures are required to prevent the grim predictions of the World Health Organisation for the deterioration of the global tuberculosis epidemic in the next century from becoming reality. Study of the nerve centre of the tubercle bacillus, its genome, by means of systematic deoxyribonucleic acid sequence analysis will provide a wealth of information about Mycobacterium tuberculosis that will undoubtedly fuel the next generation of research. In the coming year, this highly cost-effective approach will deliver an unprecedented amount of knowledge to catalyse the development of new, more efficient diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions to detect, control and, ultimately, eliminate tuberculosis.


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