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RCaH workshop explores the frontiers of biological imaging

The Harwell Oxford campus hosts a unique combination of world-leading facilities to image biological organisms at all scales, from whole animals to cells and even individual molecules. Over 80 researchers from RCaH, MRC Harwell, the Central Laser Facility and Diamond met at RCaH on 31 March to discuss new innovations in bioimaging, including new X-ray microscopes at Diamond able to see inside cells, novel X-ray lasers, and methods to track trace metals in cells. Methods to track even single cancer-causing protein molecules on the surface of living cells have been developed in collaboration with astronomers more accustomed to tracking stars in the sky. More

The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) is a new, multidisciplinary laboratory that provides facilities for researchers to undertake new and cutting edge scientific research in both life and physical sciences and the interface between them. It is located on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, adjacent to Diamond, the new third generation Synchrotron Radiation (SR) source. It is also close to other leading facilities on the campus: the ISIS neutron source, Central Laser Facility, Membrane Protein Laboratory, MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit and Mary Lyon Centre, and a Biological Solid State NMR Facility.

It is open, on a competitive basis, to research teams from UK universities, as well as to Diamond and RAL staff. The MRC is leading the project on behalf of RCUK, in partnership with BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC and Diamond.