Mycobacterium tuberculosis: a model system for structural genomics.
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Over the past five years, genomics has had a major impact on Mycobacterium tuberculosis research. With the publication of the sequences of two virulent strains (H37Rv and CDC1551) and three closely related sequences, M. tuberculosis is becoming a model system for proteomics and structural genomics initiatives. Together with the promise of structures of proteins with novel folds, high-resolution structures of drug targets are providing the basis for rational inhibitor design, with the goal of the development of novel anti-tuberculars. In addition, this work is aiding scientists in the quest for an effective vaccine against this persistent pathogen.