Nuclear funding to defeat TB

A $2 million grant from NIH could help researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University develop new, effective drugs against tuberculosis. Team leader Timothy Cross and his colleagues are working towards mapping the proteins on the bacterial surface using NMR spectroscopy. Their efforts could help identify targets for novel drugs against the disease. "We ought to be able to solve the molecular structure of these drug targets," Cross says, "If you know the shape of the protein, then you can design a drug that can bind to it specifically."