SSRL Science Highlights Archive

Approximately 1,700 scientists visit SSRL annually to conduct experiments in broad disciplines including life sciences, materials, environmental science, and accelerator physics. Science highlights featured here and in our monthly newsletter, Headlines, increase the visibility of user science as well as the important contribution of SSRL in facilitating basic and applied scientific research. Many of these scientific highlights have been included in reports to funding agencies and have been picked up by other media. Users are strongly encouraged to contact us when exciting results are about to be published. We can work with users and the SLAC Office of Communication to develop the story and to communicate user research findings to a much broader audience. Visit SSRL Publications for a list of the hundreds of SSRL-related scientific papers published annually. Contact us to add your most recent publications to this collection.

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May 2001
Hiro Tsuruta

The combined use of x-ray crystallography and solution small angle x-ray scattering has enabled a research collaboration involving scientists from Boston College and SSRL  to provide structural evidence supporting a 30-year old model accounting for the cooperative binding of ligands to allosteric proteins and enzymes - a function central to physiology and cellular processes.

Biological Small-angle X-ray Scattering (BioSAXS)
BL4-2
April 2001
Structure of RNA Polymerase II

RNA Polymerase transcribes genetic information into a message that can be read by the ribosome to produce protein The research group of Professor Roger Kornberg of Stanford University has studied the structure of this 12-subunit and half-megadalton size macromolecular machine using diffraction data collected at SSRL.

Macromolecular Crystallography
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