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Just the Train Going By

A new train line that is to run through London may wreck havoc on equipment at the Francis Crick Institute, which is itself under construction, Nature News reports.

The train line, Crossrail 2, is to pass close to the institute's site, and the UK Medical Research Council, which is funding the construction of the Crick, says that the trains will generate vibrations and electromagnetic fields that will interfere with sensitive equipment such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, electron microscopes, and super-resolution microscopes.

Nature News notes that the Crick site is near other train lines, but that the building plans have already taken the effect of those into account, placing its imaging facilities away from the Thameslink line. The new proposed route for Crossrail 2 passes close to that facility.

Transport for London and the MRC are working to come up with a solution, Nature News adds.