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Cattle TB vaccine closer to reality


London - Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has long baffled scientists bent on finding a vaccine to combat it - until now.

London -Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has long baffled scientists bent on finding a vaccine to combat it - until now.

Researchers from the Britain's Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and France's Institut Pasteur, claim to have worked out the genome sequence of an organism that causes bovine TB.

"Our challenge now is to use this wealth of information as a springboard to develop tools that are so desperately needed to eradicate this devastating disease," says Dr. Glyn Hewinson, leader of the research project at the VLA.

The scientists have unlocked the genome sequence of Mycobacterium bovis, which causes TB in numerous wild and domesticated animals. The disease poses a risk to human health.

The research found that the M. bovis genome is 99.9 percent identical to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium behind human TB.

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