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March 25, 2020
Press Release
The giant cavity, in a protein that transports nutrients across the cell membrane, is unlike anything researchers have seen before.
A scientist working overlaid on a world map and images of tuberculosis bacteria.
March 24, 2020
News Feature
An LCLS imaging technique reveals how a mosquito-borne bacterium deploys a toxin to kill mosquito larvae. Scientists hope to harness it to fight disease.
A photograph of mosquito larvae.
February 21, 2020
News Brief
The 1950s and ‘60s poisoning event was long attributed to methylmercury, but studies at SLAC suggest a different compound was to blame. The findings could reshape toxicologists’ understanding of disease related to mercury poisoning.
Illustration of toxic waste being dumped from a pipe, a molecule, and a map showing the location of Minamata, Japan.
February 12, 2020
News Feature
A better understanding of this phenomenon, which is crucial to many processes that occur in biological systems and materials, could enable researchers to develop light-sensitive proteins for areas such as biological imaging and optogenetics.
photoexcitation
February 11, 2020
News Brief
Cryogenic electron microscopy can in principle make out individual atoms in a molecule, but distinguishing the crisp from the blurry parts of an image can be a challenge. A new mathematical method may help.
An overall image of the apoferritin molecule (left) and a small section (right)
December 17, 2019
News Brief
A new understanding of the nucleation process could shed light on how the shells help microbes interact with their environments, and help people design self-assembling nanostructures for various tasks.
Illustration of tiles forming a microbial shell
December 16, 2019
News Brief
What they learned could lead to a better understanding of how antibiotics are broken down in the body, potentially leading to the development of more effective drugs.
December 13, 2019
News Brief
A new study uncovers how a critical protein binds to drugs used to treat asthma and other inflammatory diseases.
Anti-asthmatic drugs
November 15, 2019
News Feature
A better understanding of ‘checkpoint proteins,’ which protect cancer cells against immune system strikes, could lead to the development of more effective drugs.
VISTA
October 7, 2019
News Feature
Molecular movie-making is both an art and a science; the results let us watch how nature works on the smallest scales.
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