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EU Provides EUR10M for 3D Electron Microscopy of Proteins, Cells

NEW YORK, July 9 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Commission has provided €10 million ($12.4 million) in funding for three-dimensional electron microscopy of proteins and organelles, the Max Planck Society said this week.


The five-year funding, awarded under the EU's 6th Framework Program, will go to a consortium of 15 electron microscopy research groups from seven European countries, including electron microscope maker FEI Electron Optics of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.


The consortium, called 3D-EM Network of Excellence, aims to develop new methods for the three-dimensional imaging of proteins, organelles, and entire cells at atomic resolution. Specifically, the network, which started operating in March, plans to develop a training program in structural biology, create an electron microscopy structural database, and develop a user-friendly software platform.

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