X-ray laser helps slay parasite that causes sleeping sickness

Date: 
Wed, 2012-12-05

An international team of scientists, using the world’s most powerful X-ray laser, has revealed the 3D structure of a key enzyme that enables the single-celled parasite that causes African trypanosomiasis (or sleeping sickness) in humans. With the elucidation of the 3D structure of the cathepsin B enzyme, it will be possible to design new drugs to inhibit the parasite that causes sleeping sickness, leaving the infected human unharmed.   Read more here

    

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