List of participants :
Partner 1: Christine POURCEL, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
Partner 2: Dick van SOOLINGEN, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Partner 3: Kanglin WAN, Beijing, China
Summary of the proposed project and achievements :
The main goals of this project are :
1) To organize the collect, storage and analysis of a large collection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains (6000) from the 31 Provinces of China, and of information on TB patients who provided samples
2) To create a database and perform epidemiological studies to identify the origin of the Beijing lineage. The data will be compared to the characteristics of strains collected in other countries> This will produce knowledge on the diversity of Chinese TB strains and show whether the dispersion of the Beijing type is of clonal origin.