SARomics Biostructures: Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich, Basel, Turin, San Diego and new FastLane structures!

The cities in the title may remind you of the way some shops market themselves, telling us in which great places we may have the pleasure to purchase their products. In our case the list gives an indication of some of the places you would have been able to meet us during the first half of 2014.  Although “new FastLane structures” does not quite fit into that picture, the further development of our list has been an important part of our activities during that period. Here follow some of the…

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Coordinating TAKTIC (and surviving the first year)

A year has passed since the start of the TAKTIC project (Translational Kinase Tumour Inhibitor discovery Consortium). A year can be rather short, but it may also be long - all depends on how much you manage to squeeze into it. In my experience, having an EU project to coordinate makes it very long, at least when I look back. On the other hand, when it was time to prepare our first 9-month report, the feeling was that time was running faster and faster, mercilessly eating up the dark December…

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2014: Celebrating 100 years of X-ray crystallography

Probably some of you know that UNESCO has proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Crystallography. Why? 100 years ago Max von Laue was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics "for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals". A year later the father and son Sir William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg received the Physics prize "for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays”. The International Union of Crystallography has recently counted an…

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