Saying Goodbye to Syphilis

New research may finally make stubborn syphilis a thing of the past. T. pallidum, the bacteria that causes syphilis, is remarkably fragile and a slog to study.

But University of Connecticut scientists are working to identify the proteins necessary to finally create a vaccine for the notorious STD, whose microbe infects around 6 million people around the world each year.

Comparing the genomes of T. pallidum strains, the researchers unveiled some mutations key to the pathogen’s survival, offering "a big blinking arrow" pointing to surface proteins needed to make a vaccine, though there’s still a ways to go.

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