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BBSRC plans powerful laser at Harwell

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has announced funding to build a laser to study the inner workings of cells and proteins, and characterise interactions at the molecular level, at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Central Laser Facility.

The laser, called LIFEtime, will aid the study of photosynthesis in plants and changes in biologically important molecules, such as proteins and DNA. The BBSRC is providing £828,604 to build it. A further grant of £1.5 million will pay for a super-resolution microscope also at the CLF, which is based at the STFC’s research complex at Harwell, Oxfordshire.

The BBSRC said in a press statement that lasers are one way to examine cells in detail, which is important for understanding diseases such as cancer.

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