Connetquot High School Students Make Potential Scientific Breakthrough

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In November, seniors Bipro Das and Melissa Oz conducted scientific research at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II. Through X-ray diffraction studies, they investigated the binding of the TrmD protein from Mycobacterium abscessus with its ligand, S-Adenosyl-l-homocsyteine. The data that Bipro and Melissa collected indicates a possible novel structure, which they will be presenting at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 5, and could one day help scientists develop the next generation of antibiotics.