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Robots Enter the Race to Analyze Proteins

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Science  13 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5515, pp. 187-188
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5515.187a

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA-- Earlier this week, researchers at the Advanced Light Source here were scheduled to begin using a new robot to automate the laborious process of mounting protein crystals in a synchrotron's x-ray beamline and then collecting and analyzing the data. Once fully operational, the robot could boost the number of protein structures that can be solved at a beamline nearly 10-fold to about 1000 per year.