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.
Cornelius Gati is publishing his research on tuberculosis. He works on tuberculosis samples at the cryo-EM facility. He freezes tuberculosis bacteria with liquid nitrogen to create pictures of the proteins the bacteria interacts with.
(Olivier Bonin/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
Taking pictures of tiny, flash-frozen things with electrons is revolutionizing biology and technology. SLAC and Stanford host one of the world’s leading facilities for doing cryo-EM research, improving the technology and making it available to researchers across the country.
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.