Curious X-shooter Antibiotics

A sneak preview of my spectroscopyNOW ezine headlines for June 1:

Bi-curious microcylinders – A team in the US has produced micrometre-wide discs and elongated rods from bi-coloured and multicoloured compartments. The composite materials could have novel applications in diagnostics, drug delivery, and a new type of display technology.

X-shooter snap the cosmos – The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope now has an X-shooter, a second-generation spectroscopic instrument that can record the entire spectrum of a celestial object in a single shot – from the ultraviolet to the near-infrared – with high sensitivity. This unique new instrument will be particularly useful for the study of distant exploding objects known as gamma-ray bursts.

Attacking antibiotics – The crystal structure of a penicillin-binding protein 1B (PBP1b) has been obtained by a team in Taiwan. The research could represent a major step forward in the development of novel antibiotics against resistant strains of bacteria.

3 thoughts on “Curious X-shooter Antibiotics”

  1. Speaking of antibiotics and infections, if you have been or are currently using the Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil antibiotic Levaquin, you need to be aware that Levaquin has been linked to dozens of cases of serious tendon injuries and ruptures.  This site has a lot of good information on the problem:

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