Beautiful biology from particle physics





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Diamond Light Source (DLS) in Oxfordshire is one of the newest and most advanced synchrotron particle accelerators in the world. Completed in 2007 at an initial cost of £263M, Diamond represents the largest scientific facility to be built in the UK for 40 years.

Championing the biological sciences is Professor So Iwata, who, as part of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's (BBSRC) Diamond Fellowship, will bring his research group from Imperial College to a new research complex currently being built next to Diamond.

Iwata will be using the powerful x-ray beams a quarter the width of human hair to decode complex proteins. He specialises in membrane proteins, the gateways that control what molecules pass in and out of cells and thus play a critical role in how cells react to nutrients, hormones and drugs.

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