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Scientists have discovered that Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab. The study authors from Yeshiva University made the revelation in Nature Communications and studies are now needed to see if a treatment that works using the same action as vitamin C would be useful as a TB drug in humans. Lead investigator Dr William Jacobs, professor of microbiology and immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, says, "We have only been able to demonstrate this in a test tube, and we don't know if it will work in humans and in animals. This would be a great study to consider because we have strains of tuberculosis that we don't have drugs for, and I know that in the laboratory we can kill those strains with vitamin C. It also helps that we know vitamin C is inexpensive, widely available and very safe to use. At the very least, this work shows us a new mechanism that we can exploit to attack TB." An estimated 650,000 people worldwide have multidrug-resistant TB.
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