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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 3, 2005

“Tuberculosis: Ancient Foe, Modern Scourge”

“Tuberculosis: Ancient Foe, Modern Scourge” is a backgrounder paper written for the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project, a national dissemination project funded by the National Science Foundation. According to the SENCER website, “SENCER Backgrounders are intended to provide intelligent, general readers with high-quality syntheses of some of the complex, capacious civic issues that SENCER courses sometimes use to teach basic science.” The backgrounder about TB, dated July 2004, describes "(1) the cause, diagnosis,  and treatment of TB; (2) the epidemiology of TB in the United States and around the world; (3) the biology of TB and what we need to know about the biology of the tubercle bacillus and the disease it causes in order to develop tools that will enable us to respond more effectively to the global epidemic; and (4) the policies that support the control and prevention of TB in the United States and around the world." A pdf file of the paper can be downloaded from

—Submitted by Richard A. Fluck, PhD
Dept of Biology
Franklin & Marshall College


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