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The March 2019 edition of the Crystallography Times newsletter is online

Crystallography Times vol. 11, No. 3, from Rigaku Oxford Diffraction, focusing on single crystal X-ray diffraction, is available from the company’s website.

March 23, 2019 – The Woodlands, Texas. The newest edition of Crystallography Times from Rigaku Corporation has been published and is now available on the company’s global website.

Crystallography Times is a monthly electronic newsletter published by Rigaku Oxford Diffraction (ROD). It focuses on single crystal X-ray diffraction and serves the X-ray analysis community by presenting the latest news and crystallographic research.

“Crystallography in the News” is a monthly collection of the latest news and developments, highlighting the latest research findings in small molecule and protein crystallography and X-ray diffraction from around the world.

One article features the use of surface plasmon resonance and X-ray crystallography to evaluate how GS-6207, a first-in-class HIV capsid (CA) inhibitor, binds to HIV-1 CA hexamers. GS-6207 has picomolar potency and a distinct pharmacokinetic and resistance profile that establishes it as a suitable candidate for a low-dose, long-acting subcutaneous administration to treat HIV infection.

Another news item reports that X-ray crystallography has revealed the existence of a double helical structure in a synthetic macromolecule known for thirty years. The discovery could open up novel applications for the high-strength polymer, called PBDT, beyond the original electrochemical and battery applications, for which it has been recently investigated.

The Product Spotlight in the current issue features the Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-DW X-ray diffractometer system with a dual wavelength X-ray source. It combines the increased flux of a rotating anode X-ray source with the flexibility of two different wavelengths, making it ideal for laboratories exploring a wide range of research interests.

The new issue also includes a “Lab in the Spotlight” feature highlighting the Shatruk Group at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Specific research interests include photo-switchable molecular materials, intermetallic magnets for magnetic refrigeration and electric vehicles, and low-dimensional magnetic materials such as spin-frustrated 2D magnets and nanomagnets.

The new book review covers Freedom's Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science by Audra J. Wolfe. The book presents a detailed history of science and its role in society during the Cold War, including an exploration of the role that the United States government played in scientific inquiry and discovery around the world in the years following World War II.

Also included are 19 recently published scientific papers, a schedule of upcoming events, and access to the Rigaku Oxford Diffraction user forum.

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Michael Nelson
Rigaku Global Marketing Group
tel: +1. 512-225-1796