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Drugs versus bugs: in pursuit of the persistent predator Mycobacterium tuberculosis | Academic Article individual record
abstract

Tuberculosis (TB) claims a life every 10 seconds and global mortality rates are increasing despite the use of chemotherapy. But why have we not progressed towards the eradication of the disease? There is no simple answer, although apathy, politics, poverty and our inability to fight the chronic infection have all contributed. Drug resistance and HIV-1 are also greatly influencing the current TB battle plans, as our understanding of their complicity grows. In this Review, recent efforts to fight TB will be described, specifically focusing on how drug discovery could combat the resistance and persistence that make TB worthy of the moniker 'The Great White Plague'.

author list (cited authors)
Sacchettini, J. C., Rubin, E. J., & Freundlich, J. S.
publication date
2008
published in
keywords
  • Antitubercular Agents
  • Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Drug Design
  • Humans
altmetric score

14.256

citation count

169