X-ray diffraction pattern of a single Mimivirus particle imaged at the LCLS (Image courtesy Tomas Ekeberg, Uppsala University.)
Three-dimensional rendering of the X-ray diffraction pattern for the Photosystem I protein, reconstructed from several thousand single nanocrystal snapshots taken at the LCLS (Image courtesy Thomas White, DESY.)
A reconstructed image of the Photosystem I complex (Image courtesy Raimund Fromme, Arizona State University.)
The LCLS Atomic, Molecular and Optical instrument hutch where the experiments were performed, with the CAMP chamber at center-right (Photo by Brad Plummer.)
An international team of scientists has obtained the world’s first single-shot images of intact viruses – a technology that could ultimately lead to moving video of molecules, viruses and live microbes. The team was also able to successfully utilize a new shortcut for determining the 3D structures of proteins. Both advances were achieved using the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser – the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) – which scientists hope could revolutionize the study of life.
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