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Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

New electron microscope at the IBS

Press release
(in french only)

One of the latest generation of electron microscopes was inaugurated at the IBS on February 11, 2011, in presence of the funding bodies and Guillaume Lissy, representing the President of the Rhône-Alpes Region.

This FEI Tecnai Polara microscope, the second of its kind in France, will allow scientists to:

  • visualize biological macromolecular complexes at the nano or pseudo-atomic scale and determine their three-dimensional structure
  • visualize biological entities by electron tomography.

This microscope is unique in the south of France, and will be open to the entire scientific community. It will enable the local scientists to remain globally competitive and help in their quest to make promising discoveries related to human diseases.

A mini-symposium by experts of cryomicroscopy and tomography concluded this event:

  • 15:45 : Integrative structural analysis of transcription and translation complexes
    By Bruno Klaholz (Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg)
  • 16:30 : Exploring biological samples in 3D: from classic electron tomography to energy filtered chemical volumes
    By Sergio Marco (Institut Curie, Paris)