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Regional cryo-electron microscope facility at the University of Leicester announced

Posted by cp400 at Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM |
The new facility will bring cutting-edge research technologies to the Midlands

A multi-million pound state-of-the-art Midlands regional cryo-electron microscopy facility is going to be based at the University of Leicester.

The facility will be centred around a 300kV cryo-electron microscope, with direct electron-dectecing cameras, a second "feeder" instrument will be based at the University of Warwick. The facility will also boast the state of the art computational infrastructure necessary to process the large amounts of data generated by these instruments.

The total investment exceeds £6M with £3.7M from the Medical Research Council. The Universities of Leicester, Warwick, Nottingham and Birmingham will provide the remaining funds with the major contribution from the University of Leicester (£1.8M).

The funding is part of a multi-million pound investment in cryo-electron microscopy in the UK which was announced yesterday by Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, Science Research and Innovation, during an awards ceremony celebrating the new European Commission-approved status for the structural biology service Instruct at the Royal Society.

> For the University of Leicester press release click here

> See the MRC press release and more information on the UK investment in Cyro-EM here

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