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Genetic Mutations Helping TB In Russia Spread More Efficiently

Nature: Russia’s drug-resistant TB spreading more easily
“Bacterial ‘superbugs’ are getting ever more potent. Tuberculosis (TB) strains in Russia carry mutations that not only make them resistant to antibiotics but also help them to spread more effectively, according to an analysis of 1,000 genomes from different TB isolates — the largest whole-genome study of a single bacterial species so far…” (Callaway, 1/26).