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Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM Facilities

The Cryo-EM (cryogenic electron microscopy) facility at SLAC, built and operated in partnership with Stanford University, is equipped with multiple state-of-the-art instruments for cryo-EM, a groundbreaking technology whose rapid development over the past few years has given scientists unprecedented views of the inner workings of the cell. 

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A scientist works on Tuberculosis samples at the Cryo-EM facility.

Lydia-Marie Joubert is pointing at the result of laminating an organic sample down to 100-300nm thickness for cryo-EM imaging. For samples which are traditionally...
Cryo-EM computer image
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An extension of the Stanford Research Computing Facility will host several data centers to handle the unprecedented data streams that will be produced by...

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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...

A high-res 3D ribbon diagram showing the structure of part of an RNA molecule
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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...

Illustration of a coronavirus spike
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The lab’s X-ray laser recently joined other facilities in making remote science possible from any corner of the world, a trend that will likely...

Remote experiments in the control room at LCLS
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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
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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