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Dangerous History

The genetic secrets of a savvy killer

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6:09pm, May 21, 2007

Throughout recorded time, tuberculosis has wrought death among the people infected and frustration among those trying to tame it. As recently as the 1950s, prescribed treatment included little more than rest, sunlight, and fresh air. Today, patients take powerful drug cocktails for months. Even so, tuberculosis kills more people each year than any infectious disease other than AIDS.

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