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Tiny microbes and molecular machines have an outsized impact on human health, and they play key roles in the vast global cycles that shape climate and make carbon and nitrogen available to all living things. SLAC biology advances our understanding in all these areas.
Deciphering life’s structures
Our X-ray light sources are at the forefront of research to determine the molecular structure of proteins and other macromolecules, which are the building blocks of life; how they interact with disease-causing viruses and life-saving therapeutics; and their role in biological processes in nature.
SLAC research is helping to reveal how the SARS-CoV-2 virus breaks into cells, how vulnerable tissues respond and how to prevent or treat infection.