MiTeGen Newsletter May 2021
Article - Structural Biology In The Time Of COVID-19 - Lab Equipment - Jobs at MiTeGen - Events/Jobs/News - Follow Us On Twitter
Structural Biology In The Time Of COVID-19 - Perspectives On Methods and Milestones
This article at IUCrJ by Sarah E.J. Bowman, et al. takes a "look back at the role of structural science in the fight against COVID-19" and "provides a snapshot of this instant in time, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, as a window into the structural biology techniques being used and what these outcomes might mean for the future of structural methods."
Image Source: Bowman, et al. (2021). Structural Biology in the time of COVID-19. IUCrJ, volume 8, Part 3 doi:10.1107/S2052252521003948

We found this article a thoughtful and compelling read. Some of the many highlights included:

  • What impact the pandemic had on the numbers and types of structures deposited and released in the PDB since January 2020
  • The types of techniques used to determine the SARS-CoV-2 structure
  • It emphasized "the necessity of bringing the entire arsenal of structural techniques to bear and highlights the capabilities and complementarity of the MX and CryoEM methods" 
  • Poses the question "We are therefore at a unique time not just to reflect on what has been done, but also to contemplate how the community can rapidly face new threats when they emerge. We find ourselves confronted by a set of compelling questions."
  • And more
Get The Lab Equipment You Need
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To make your life easier, we've created microscope bundles for every size lab and budget. Our kits offer the features that matter the most to crystallographers and are generated by one of the leading optics manufacturer in the world, Carl Zeiss.
Looking to upgrade your crystallization incubators? We offer incubators from Powers Scientific and Torrey Pines. This selection brings to you an entire range of free standing incubators to optimize your crystallization experiments.
Job Opportunities At MiTeGen
We have three job opportunities at MiTeGen. Come join us as we continue to grow. These opportunities are:

  • X-ray and Cryo-EM Application and Methods Development Scientist
  • Research and Development Scientist / Engineer
  • Customer Sales Assistant
Upcoming Events
At MiTeGen, we sponsor numerous events, conferences, workshops and symposiums throughout the year. These events include fields such as structural biology, crystallography, cryo-EM, beamline research and more. We believe in supporting researchers and our industry. Listed below are two upcoming events you might find interesting.
The French Association of Crystallography Annual Meeting (AFC2021) is June 29th to July 2nd. This years meeting is virtual.
The 71st Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association is July 30th to August 5th. This years meeting is virtual.
Looking For More Events, Workshops and Conferences
If you are looking for more events visit our events page. It lists conferences, workshops, symposiums, user meetings and more.

Topics include structural biology, material science, crystallography, cryo-EM, beamline research and more.
Industry Resources and News
Here is a small selection of hand picked industry resources and news for your browsing.

  • Diamond Light Source Shining a Diamond Light podcast series - Learn about synchrotron science & the ground-breaking research that happens every day at their facility - Learn More
  • PDB50 the Game "celebrates the 50th anniversary of the PDB by giving players the opportunity to explore the process of structure discovery" - Learn More
  • Explore the BESSY II synchrotron virtually and see all the topics scientists work on - Learn More
  • Take a virtual tour of the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility - Learn More
  • Article at The Biologist with Diamond's Director of Life Science, Professor Sir David Stuart, discussing how researchers have been operating the synchrotron remotely, running crucial COVID related experiments - Learn More
  • Biochemical Society general travel grants are open to applications. They welcome applications to assist with the cost of attending virtual meetings and training courses - Learn More
  • Oral history of Stephen Harrison - A history of structural biology, crystallography, cryo-EM, etc... - Learn More
  • At IUCr D - Diffraction structural biology – an introductory overview - Learn More
  • Article concerning how EMBL provides key infrastructure for COVID-19 drug screening project - Learn More
  • SESAME is issuing a call for proposals for powder diffraction measurements at its MS (Materials Science) beamline that may be implemented from 1 September to 31 December 2021. Deadline is June 15th - Learn More
Industry Jobs
Based on reader feedback we have moved the industry job postings to our website. This move will allow jobs postings with shorter deadlines to be listed.

And remember, if you have an industry relevant job, we are happy to list it on our jobs board.
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