Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Innovation Boosts Study of Fragile Biological Samples

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a simple new way to study very delicate biological samples–like proteins at work in photosynthesis and components of protein-making machines called ribosomes–at the atomic scale using SLAC's X-ray laser.

Hasan DeMirci, a SLAC scientist with the Stanford PULSE Institute who teamed up with graduate student Raymond Sierra on the new system, has been using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser–a DOE Office of Science User Facility–to zero in on the details of ribosomes at work. In addition to their universal role in deciphering the genetic code to build proteins, ribosomes are also important targets for antibiotic treatments.

For more details, see Lab Manager magazine.

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle