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Detailed map of TB genome to help treatment

posted Apr 13, 2012, 1:58 AM by Vinod Scaria   [ updated Apr 13, 2012, 2:01 AM ]
Scientists from all over India have put together a visual map of the tuberculosis bacteria’s genome, a tool that will be freely available and could help researchers in their quest to develop a more accurate treatment for the disease. “The TB genome was sequenced in 1998, but more than 
half the genes in the genome did not have any function attached to them,” said Vinod Scaria, researcher at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in Delhi and one of the principal investigators for the Open Source Drug Discovery project. “We wanted to collect all the information in one place.”