Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria attack the lungs and are spread through the air when a contagious individual coughs, sneezes or speaks. TB can be fatal if it is not carefully monitored and treated.
Once the leading cause of death in the United States, scientists have learned much about the disease. Researchers at Yerkes are focusing on developing treatments to fight TB and suppress its growth and progression in the chest.