Produces high-intensity X-rays used to determine 3-D structures of proteins.
June 2, 2015
by CANADIAN PRESS
SASKATOON — Saskatoon’s synchrotron will receive a major upgrade thanks to a $3.3-million investment announced by the federal government.
The funding will pay for upgrades to a beamline at the Canadian Light Source.
The beamline produces high-intensity X-rays that are used to determine the 3-D structures of proteins.
Knowing the shapes of proteins allows researchers to develop new drugs and therapies.
Karen Chad, vice-president of research at the University of Saskatchewan, says the funding will support cutting-edge academic and industrial research.
Since starting up in 2005, CLS has hosted over 2,500 researchers, delivered more than 40,000 experimental shifts and provided a scientific service critical in more than 1,500 publications.
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