A study led by Trinity College Dublin scientists is shedding new light on the design and structure of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, which in turn will enable researchers to develop new therapies for cystic fibrosis patients that combat the infection more effectively.

The research team at Trinity used an imaging technique called X-ray crystallography to gain new insights into the cellular structure and machinery of the bacterium, thus creating a kind of structural “blueprint” that will aid scientists in pinpointing Pseudomonas Aeruginosa’s weaknesses.

X-ray crystallography is a next-generation, high-throughput imaging method that is offering researchers access to the vanguard of creating protein blueprints such as the one used in this new research effort, as the method is proven to be highly effective in creating detailed protein crystals.