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Researchers at the Celen Laboratory in the Federal Fluminense University in Brazil are developing new selenium-containing molecules with the goal of combating tuberculosis and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Current treatments for tuberculosis are lengthy and toxic, and the team is focused on creating more potent selenium molecules to improve patient compliance and combat drug-resistant strains. The researchers identified three promising molecules that effectively kill the tuberculosis-causing bacterium and resistant bacteria without harming healthy cells. The challenges in purifying the molecules required resilience and persistence, but ultimately led to the successful production of the molecules. The team presented their research at a major selenium congress and received international recognition. The project was a significant accomplishment for the researchers, who were proud to contribute to the fight against tuberculosis, a disease often overlooked by the public.