Chasing super bugs is SLAC lecture topic on Nov. 29

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on November 29, 2011

Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design

“Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design” is the topic of a SLAC public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 pm in Panofsky Auditorium. Clyde Smith, a staff scientist at SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, will talk about the race to develop new drugs to kill deadly germs that are rapidly evolving resistance to every antibiotic we throw at them.

Scientists at SSRL are using highly specialized X-rays to get a closer look at the structure of the proteins by which these so-called super bugs do their damage. Researchers can insert fragments of potential drugs into these proteins – and do it in assembly line fashion, making it possible to screen thousands of potential drug components in multiple combinations.

This lecture will give an overview of these tools, as well as the route they offer us to develop more powerful and effective medicines. Admission is free, and parking is available in SLAC’s visitors’ lot. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served after. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

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