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Fighting TB in Madagascar, with real time portable DNA sequencing

Drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) is a major threat around the world, and presents a public health threat to the people of Madagascar. Scientists from the Madagascar National TB Program, Institute Pasteur Madagascar, University of Oxford, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and Stony Brook University are collaborating to train Malagasy scientists to rapidly detect TB and drug-resistance using DNA sequencing. The goal of the project is to improve diagnosis and treatment, and will provide insights on disease transmission, with the ultimate goal of improving public health outcomes for the people of Madagascar, and potentially in other countries.

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