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August 11, 2021
News Feature
SLAC and Stanford scientists used it to zoom in on an iconic RNA catalyst and a piece of viral RNA that’s a potential target for COVID-19 treatments.
A high-res 3D ribbon diagram showing the structure of part of an RNA molecule
June 3, 2021
News Feature
From the invisible world of elementary particles to the mysteries of the cosmos, recipients of this prestigious award for early career scientists explore nature at every level.
Panofsky fellows
April 22, 2021
News Feature
Derived from microscopic algae, the rare, light-driven enzyme converts fatty acids into starting ingredients for solvents and fuels.
Illustration of molecular structure of an enzyme that is powered by sunlight
March 26, 2021
News Feature
SSRL and LCLS scientists will help visiting research teams solve their experimental challenges, then apply what they’ve learned to help others work more efficiently.
Diagram of a complex molecule
January 19, 2021
News Feature
G6PD deficiency affects about 400M people worldwide and can pose serious health risks. Uncovering the causes of the most severe cases could finally lead to treatments.
December 18, 2020
News Feature
The study, done on a mild-mannered relative of the virus that causes COVID-19, paves the way for seeing more clearly how spike proteins initiate infections, with an eye to preventing and treating them.
Illustration of a coronavirus spike
November 4, 2020
News Brief
The center complements other NIH centers at SLAC and elsewhere that broaden access to this cutting-edge technology for biomedical research.
Cryo-EM images of yeast cells with contents highlighted
October 28, 2020
News Brief
Scientists at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource will study plastics and biologically-motivated processes that break them down in hopes of finding more efficient ways to “upcycle” them.
Clear plastic bottles
October 7, 2020
News Feature
No human cell can function without these tiny machines, which cause disease when they go haywire and offer potential targets for therapeutic drugs.
Illustration of molecular Ferris wheel moving protons
August 18, 2020
News Brief
Stanford and SLAC scientists studying the varicella zoster virus found that an antibody that blocks infection doesn’t work exactly as they’d thought.

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