The European Molecular Biology Laboratory last week announced that it had received €10 million from the European Commission to create a standard structure determination platform that unites over 20 European partners — including every synchrotron in Europe — under a single system. Scientists at the Hamburg branch of EMBL will direct the project, which officially launched on Jan. 1 and is called BIOXHIT — for Biocrystallography on a Highly Integrated Technology Platform.

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