Saskatoon synchrotron gets $3.3M upgrade funding

Produces high-intensity X-rays used to determine 3-D structures of proteins.

June 2, 2015

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.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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