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JCSG Scripps Collaborates with Rigaku

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Joint Center for Structural Genomics has acquired a crystal imaging system from Rigaku Americas, and is using it in a collaboration with the Desktop Minstrel UV system it acquired in 2008, Rigaku said today.

Rigaku said it is working with JCSG on an automated ultraviolet imaging and protein crystal monitoring system that will supplement the existing large-scale, high-throughput Rigaku CrystalMation system at the JCSG robotic crystallization facility at the Scripps Research Institute.

JCSG is a multi-institutional consortium at Scripps, and at the University of California, San Diego, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and Stanford University.

JCSG Core Manager Marc Elsliger said in a statement that the institute aims to use the new UV imaging technology to decipher protein from salt crystals, technology which could "be harnessed for automated identification of protein crystals and, more importantly, a more reliable and quantitative autoscoring of the crystallization trials."

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.