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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. 

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This illustration shows arrestin, an important type of signaling protein

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Chung is being recognized for pathbreaking contributions to the study of proteins involved in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and for mentoring the next generation...

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Stanford and SLAC scientists studying the varicella zoster virus found that an antibody that blocks infection doesn’t work exactly as they’d thought.

Images extracted from cryo-EM data
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The technique they used will offer insight into many different chemical reactions.

hydroxyl radical
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Scientists are deploying this state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography facility to study biological molecules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the first time, scientists have revealed the steps needed to turn on a receptor that helps regulate neuron firing. The findings might help...

yellow and blue protein structures.
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Researchers expect the new method to answer fundamental questions in biology and materials science. First up: Images showing molecules that help guide cell division...

cryo-EM image of Caulobacter bacterium
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Physicists at SLAC and Stanford propose that the influence of cosmic rays on early life may explain nature’s preference for a uniform “handedness” among...

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Understanding nature’s process could inform the next generation of artificial photosynthetic systems that produce clean and renewable energy from sunlight and water.

How electrons flow in the oxygen-evolving complex of Photosystem II.
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The lab is responding to the coronavirus crisis by imaging disease-related biomolecules, developing standards for reliable coronavirus testing and enabling other essential research.

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Researchers investigate how much damage spreads through molecules struck by a pulse from LCLS.

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This new technology could enable future insights into chemical and biological processes that occur in solution, such as vision, catalysis and photosynthesis.

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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.