An invention that can speed up the race to stop TB

Junior Fellow Mireille Kamariza is an award-winning scientist and entrepreneur, who was recognized for inventing a portable, low-cost diagnostic tool to detect tuberculosis.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 29, 2021 ~10 min

TB kills 1.6M annually. Stem cells play a role

"...Mtb hijacks the immune response at the very early phase of infection by accessing the bone marrow and manipulating stem cells."

McGill University • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Until a coronavirus vaccine is ready, pneumonia vaccines may reduce deaths from COVID-19

A COVID-19 vaccine isn't the only tool for fighting this pandemic. An immunologist argues that safe pneumonia vaccines would reduce the severity of COVID-19, save lives and prevent the worst cases.

Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~10 min

How do pandemics end? History suggests diseases fade but are almost never truly gone

As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.

Nükhet Varlik, Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~9 min

TB vaccines for babies don’t protect against COVID

Looking at countries that had mandatory BCG vaccination policies gave researchers a way to test hypotheses about if the TB vaccine protected against COVID.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

TB medication could fight fear and anxiety

An antibiotic that treats tuberculosis could help fight fear and anxiety disorders when combined with therapy, researchers report.

Rachel White-UT Austin • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~4 min

Air conditioning may be factor in COVID-19 spread in the South

Harvard researchers, drawing on insights from tuberculosis research, say air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19’s spread down South, and relatively inexpensive germicidal ultraviolet lights a weapon.

Alvin Powell • harvard
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

To stop TB bacteria, cut off their iron supply

Researchers may have found a new way to stop the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. It could lead to new drugs to fight the disease.

U. Zurich • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tuberculosis molecule has a big weird pocket

A big pocket in a tuberculosis molecule is a mystery. "We've never seen anything like this before. It doesn't really make sense."

Nathan Collins-Stanford • futurity
March 27, 2020 ~8 min