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Local scientists help with TB discovery

LOCAL scientists have helped discover a new compound to inhibit and kill the tuberculosis bacterium, a deadly pathogen which has a rising resistance to current medication.

The announcement was made yesterday by officials from the National Center for Drug Screening and the Chinese National Compound Library located in Shanghai.

The discovery, made with scientists from four other nations, will lead to development of new drugs, officials said.

Tuberculosis claims about 1.4 million lives in the world every year, and 95 percent of cases and deaths take place in developing countries. It also is one of the three major infectious disease in China apart from AIDS and viral hepatitis.

"This compound is the first discovery under the collaboration between the library and the World Health Organization," said Wang Mingwei, director, screening center and library.

"All diseases in the program are ... diseases and health conditions more prevalent among the poor than among the rich, and giant pharmaceutical companies don't conduct research and drug development for low profits," Wang said.

With the world's largest public collection of compounds, China undertook the collaboration with WHO to step up research on diseases more common in China and other developing countries.


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