Why People of African Descent Are More Vulnerable to TB

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A team of scientists has identified a cellular mechanism that may help explain the puzzle of why people of African descent are more susceptible to tuberculosis infection and why, once infected, they develop more severe states of the disease than whites. The team includes researchers from UCLA and the Harvard School of Public Health. Their findings will appear online in the Feb. 23 issue of Science Express.

Approximately 8 million people worldwide are infected with