February 21, 2013

Can the Plague of Leprosy Finally Be Eradicated?

Laura Kaiser, Slate

AP Photo

Inside the headquarters of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, senior scientist Malcolm Duthie dumps a pile of white plastic test cassettes onto a small round conference table. They are the size of flash drives and resemble pregnancy tests but contain a strip of paper infused with four leprosy proteins. I pick one up. “Is that blood?” I ask, pointing to a crimson smear inside a divot.

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TAGGED: Vaccines, Leprosy