NMR Researchers Look to the Next Generation of Machines

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Science  20 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5354, pp. 1127-1128
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5354.1127

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For the past 50 years, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machines have been cheap and small enough to allow individual investigators to buy and house their own. But next-generation NMRs will not be, as evidenced by a new $7 million NMR machine to be delivered this summer to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. This means that not only will the field require more total money, but grants will likely go to large centers rather than individuals, forcing traditionally independent scientists to coordinate their research and transforming the NMR community into a group that carefully reviews--and prioritizes--each other's research to vet access to the high-end machines.