Researchers use tiny 3-D spheres to combat tuberculosis
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new 3D system to study human infection in the laboratory. The team has used an electrostatic encapsulation technique to make tiny 3D spheres within which human cells are infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria to generate conditions that more closely reflect events in patients.

The model allows the researchers to further investigate what happens in a human body when TB develops, with a long term aim of identifying new antibiotic treatments and vaccines. The research was funded by the Medical Research Council and is published in mBio and eLife.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uos-rut020617.php
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