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February 3, 2011

Giant Virus, Tiny Protein Crystals Show X-ray Laser's Power and Potential

Giant Virus, Tiny Protein Crystals Show X-ray Laser's Power and Potential

Two studies to be published February 3 in Nature demonstrate how the unique capabilities of the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser—the Linac Coherent Light Source, located at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory—could revolutionize the study of life.
Mimivirus X-ray Diffraction Pattern
The LCLS Atomic, Molecular and Optical Instrument Hutch
Three-dimensional X-ray Diffraction Data, Photosystem I Protein
Structure of the Photosystem I Protein
Researchers John Spence, Henry Chapman, Inger Andersson and Janos Hajdu at the LCLS