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Bacteriological preparations from the Pasteur Institute, France, 1888-1985

Inside each of these twelve test tubes is a sample used at the Pasteur Institute in France to research tuberculosis. Most of the samples are of human tuberculosis and two are from bird tuberculosis. One of the human samples originated from a cow. The fear of contracting tuberculosis from cattle led to inspection of meat and milk and stronger regulation of both trades in the United Kingdom.

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    Glossary: tuberculosis

    An infectious disease that is caused by a bacterium first identified by Robert Koch in 1882. The disease usually affects the lungs first, and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

    Glossary: test tube

    Hollow cylinders of thin glass with one end closed. Test tubes are used for chemical and biological experiments and analysis.