21 May '13, 3pm

Accidental finding: Vitamin C kills tuberculosis

PARIS (AFP) - Scientists said on Tuesday that they had managed to kill laboratory-grown tuberculosis (TB) bacteria with good old vitamin C - an "unexpected" discovery they hope will lead to better, cheaper drugs. A team from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York made the accidental find while researching how TB bacteria had become resistant to the TB drug Isoniazid. The researchers added Isoniazid and a "reducing agent" known as cysteine to the TB in a test tube, expecting the bacteria to develop drug resistance. Instead, the team "ended up killing off the culture", according to the study's senior author William Jacobs, who said the result was "totally unexpected".

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