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DOE NATIONAL LABORATORY:
SLAC NATIONAL
ACCELERATOR LABORATORY

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of the world 's leading research laboratories. Established in 1962, it is located at Stanford University in Menlo Park, CA. Our mission is to design, construct and operate state-of-the-art electron accelerators and related experimental facilities for use in high-energy physics and synchrotron radiation research.

www.slac.stanford.edu


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How a single chemical bond balances cells between life and death

How a single chemical bond balances cells between life and death

With SLAC's X-ray laser and synchrotron, scientists measured exactly how much energy goes into keeping a crucial chemical bond from triggering a death spiral for cells.

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A single electron's tiny leap sets off 'molecular sunscreen' response

In experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists were able to see the first step of a process that protects a DNA building block called thymine from sun damage: When it's hit with ultraviolet light, a single electron jumps into a slightly higher orbit around the nucleus of a single oxygen atom.

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A single electron's tiny leap sets off 'molecular sunscreen' response

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Contact: Andrew Freeberg
Phone: 650-926-4359
Email: afreeberg@slac.stanford.edu
Location: Menlo Park, CA

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