Hopkins-Designed Animal TB "Tracker" To Speed Drug and Vaccine Studies - 07/20/2009
Hopkins-Designed Animal TB "Tracker" To Speed Drug and Vaccine Studies
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a novel way to monitor in real time the behavior of the TB bacterium in mouse lungs noninvasively pinpointing the exact location of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The new monitoring system is expected to speed up what is currently a slow and cumbersome process to test the safety and efficacy of various TB drug regimens and vaccines in animals. Plans are already under way for developing a similar system to monitor TB disease in humans.