BY MICHAEL FAIRLIE //
Brookhaven National Laboratory is stepping up its electromicroscopy game, in a big way.
The fiscal year 2017 New York State budget includes $15 million for the Upton laboratory to purchase and install a cryo-electron microscope, which will work in tandem with the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s brightest synchrotron light source.
The Cryo-EM will be the backbone of BNL’s new Long Island Facility for Electromicroscopy, a national user facility that will provide revolutionary Cryo-EM capabilities to an emerging user community.
The laboratory announced its electromicroscopy facility plans Thursday. At the press event, BNL Director Doon Gibbs said the new facility will “give a big boost to Long Island’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and have a positive impact on people’s quality of life.”
“The cryo-electron microscope is an advanced imaging technology that will significantly accelerate scientists’ understanding of molecular structures and processes,” Gibbs said. “That includes impacts in understanding disease and, ultimately, also in drug discovery.”
The state-of-the-art device will help scientists develop quicker and more efficient disease treatments by imaging biomolecules in groundbreaking ways – an unprecedented advantage for life-sciences projects and medical researchers, according to laboratory insiders and support
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