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Bruker to Deliver Giant NMR Magnet to College of William and Mary

NEW YORK, April 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Bruker BioSpin will deliver a 17.6-tesla nuclear magnetic resonance device at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., this week, according to the university.


The magnet, which is one of only a handful of these very powerful research magnets in the US, will be installed in its own facility near the physics building at the college. The magnet will be used in materials research, including some medical applications.


The magnet was manufactured in Germany, and flown to the US, and then is being shipped to Virginia for Saturday deliver.


NMR spectroscopy is an emerging application in structural genomics and is used to study the structure and function of uncharacterized proteins from a variety of genomes at  such institutions as the University of Toronto and Ontario Cancer Institute, and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University.


The magnets used in hospital NMR applications are typically rated at 1.5 teslas.


The project was funded by a $1 million grant from the Office of Naval Research, and a $770,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

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