Molecular Investigation of Sleeping Sickness (image) DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Share Print E-Mail Caption Researchers have revealed the detailed structure of an important protein involved in the transmission of African sleeping sickness. To do so, scientists used the LCLS X-ray laser and created diffraction patterns (shown in background) that were then reconstructed into the molecular structure (shown at center). The research is an important step toward developing a new drug to target the disease, which is carried by tsetse flies and is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year. Credit Greg Stewart / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Usage Restrictions Provide credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.