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Synchrotron Radiation in Life Sciences

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Abstract:

Synchrotron Radiation (SR) presents itself as a “play-ground” with a large range of methods and techniques suitable to unveil the mysteries of life. Here we attempt to present a few of these methods that complement those employed in the home laboratory. SR diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging methods relevant to the atomic structure determination and characterization of the properties and function of chemical compounds and macromolecules of biological relevance, are introduced.

Keywords: Herceptin; Single-crystal diffraction; Synchrotron Radiation; cryogenic methods; crystal structure; detector technologies; high- pressure crystallography; imaging methods; macromolecular crystallography; muscles fiber diffraction; spectroscopy; wavelength; x-ray diffraction; x-ray imaging

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2174/092986612800793163

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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