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The Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CMCF) has announced the successful solution of 500 protein structures using the Canadian Light Source. The 3-D structures of proteins can be determined using powerful synchrotron X-ray light, and these structure models are deposited in the Protein Data Bank – a worldwide repository describing and showcasing proteins and other biological macromolecules. Many of these structures have been critical to the publication of 286 peer-reviewed journal articles.

This image shows the crystal structure of the interaction between proteins involved in host cell invasion by parasites that cause malaria. Understanding the structural features of such proteins is critical in the development of effective treatments.

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