December 6, 2014

New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

An international team, including scientists from Arizona State University, the University of Milwaukee-Madison (UMW) and Germany’s Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), have caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work using an X-ray laser. Their new study proves that high-speed X-ray lasers can capture the fast dynamics of biomolecules in ultra slow-motion, revealing subtle processes with unprecedented clarity.