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Free-electron lasers reveal detailed architecture of proteins

Free-electron lasers reveal detailed architecture of proteins

ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012) ¬ó Ultrashort flashes of X-radiation allow atomic structures of macromolecules to be obtained even from tiny protein crystals. In the centennial year of Max von Laue’s discovery that X-ray diffraction can be used to unravel the atomic architecture of molecules, a new approach to the determination of high-resolution structures has been demonstrated. An international team of researchers has analyzed tiny protein crystals using short pulses of X-ray light from the world’s first X-ray free-electron laser, the US Department of Energy’s 300 million dollar Linac Coherent Light Source at Stanford. Continue¬†reading