World Tuberculosis Day - 24th March

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day was created by the World Health Organisation to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, the date being the day in 1882 when the bacterium causing TB was discovered.

These resources for students aged 11 to 19 describe the disease, how it spreads and how vaccines are used to try and eliminate it.




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Tuberculosis: Can the Spread of This Killer Disease be Halted?

With an increase in tuberculosis (TB) throughout the world during the 21st century, this resource looks at what scientists are doing to combat a disease that many believed was a problem of the past.

The TB fact file describes the disease, its symptoms and incidence and reviews current research into its cause...

Stories of Impact

A series of case studies from the Medical Research Council (MRC) which demonstrate the impact of research on society.

There are many factors that influence the healthcare we receive at the doctor's surgery - the story usually begins with discoveries by scientists working in laboratories. Once scientists spot...

Antibiotics on a Plate

This Catalyst article describes how bacterial colonies produce antibiotics and explains how their growth depends on the medium they grow on. Over sixty years ago, a Russian soil scientist called Selman Waksman discovered that soil bacteria belonging to the Streptomyces genus produce some very useful...

TB or not TB?

A Catalyst article about the problems of badgers transmitting tuberculosis to cattle, but is a cull of badgers a solution to the problem? When cattle are found to be suffering from tuberculosis, a disease which can be passed onto humans, they are routinely slaughtered. It is known that badgers can transmit the...