2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Cryo-electron Microscopy
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution".
In 1990, Richard Henderson succeeded in using an electron microscope to generate a three-dimensional image of a protein at atomic resolution. This breakthrough proved the technology’s potential. Joachim Frank made the technology generally applicable. Between 1975 and 1986 he developed an image processing method in which the electron microscope’s fuzzy two-dimensional images are analysed and merged to reveal a sharp three-dimensional structure. Jacques Dubochet added water to electron microscopy. Liquid water evaporates in the electron microscope’s vacuum, which makes the biomolecules collapse. In the early 1980s, Dubochet succeeded in vitrifying water – he cooled water so rapidly that it solidified in its liquid form around a biological sample, allowing the biomolecules to retain their natural shape even in a vacuum. For more details look here: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2017/
Professor Armin Delong passed away on October 5, 2017
a founder of electron microscopy in the former Czechoslovakia and prominent physicist, passed away on October 5, 2017 at the age of 92 (*29.1.1925 - ✝5.10.2017).
5th Call for proposals for the Instruct Internship programme
Instruct provides access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology to support research in structural biology.
Interim Evaluation of Large Research Infrastructures 2017 by MEYS - Results
Performance of all Large Research Infrastructures included in the „Roadmap of the Czech Republic of Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation for the years 2016-2022” has been subject of the Interim Evaluation by International Evaluation Committee established by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic.