Tuberculosis Prison Break: When Bailing Escapees Favors Their Final Capture
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Elena Cardenal-Muñoz is a Scientific Collaborator at the laboratory of Prof. Thierry Soldati in Geneva, Switzerland, where she studies the molecular mechanisms of innate immunity against pathogenic mycobacteria. Elena also works for the non-profit organization Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) and is involved in various science communication projects.

                       

Tuberculosis Prison Break: When Bailing Escapees Favors Their Final Capture

Tuberculosis is one of the most severe infectious diseases in the world, responsible for more than 1.5 million deaths every year (1). The cause of this disease is the lung infection generated by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), which escapes the confinement created by our immune system to replicate and disseminate. A recent study from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, claims that assisting Mtb in its escape might actually help the macrophages fight the infection (2). During bacterial infections, immune...

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