"Science" lists first protein structure from an X-ray laser among top ten achievements in 2012

The high profile scientific journal "Science" has chosen the first new biological structure solved by an X-ray free-electron laser as one of the ten most important scientific breakthroughs in 2012. "The advance demonstrates the potential of X-ray lasers to decipher proteins that conventional X-ray sources cannot", the journal states in a press release issued on Thursday. Last month, a team of scientists from Germany and the U.S. had revealed the structure of the inactive form of an enzyme that is key for the survival of the single-celled parasite Trypanosoma brucei that causes African sleeping sickness (press release).


Hamburg and Dresden accelerator physicists cooperate

The research centres Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY and Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will closely cooperate in the future in a series of research fields, including accelerator physics and technology, detector technologies and systems, the use of synchrotron radiation and the development and application of free-electron and high power lasers. Currently, both research centres, which already bundle their competence in the field of accelerator physics with other centres of the Helmholtz Association, and with university and non-university institutes within the Helmholtz portfolio initiative “Accelerator Research and Development” (ARD), signed a bilateral cooperation agreement.