Study Examines Benefit of New X-ray in Understanding Pathogen
Tularemia is a rare disease caused by bacterium Francisella tularensis. The microbe is transported by a number of animals and insects and can enter the body through several pathways.
A new study examined a key membrane protein that causes the bacterium Francisella tularensis ability to infect the body and cause illness.
Using an x-ray free electron laser (XFEL), this virulence factor (Flpp3) can be examined in detail and researchers have been able to develop a more complete model of Flpp3.
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