Zděněk Kameník from the Microbiological Institute in the media
Published October 31, 2023
Tuberculosis, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has been one of the most dreaded diseases in history. It has claimed millions of lives, and the first drug, streptomycin, only emerged 80 years ago. However, due to the development of resistant strains, the disease has not been completely eradicated. In the Czech Republic, 362 people fell ill with it last year, and 17 of them died.
On the anniversary of the discovery of streptomycin on October 19, 1943, Zdeněk Kameník from the Microbiological Institute of the Academy of Sciences spoke on Czech Television:
“Mycobacterium tuberculosis has a fairly specific cell wall that not every substance can penetrate, and that is actually the biggest problem – getting the antibiotic inside the cell. Streptomycin was the first to accomplish that.”
You can find more in the news program on October 19, 2023, on ČT1.