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Electron paramagnetic resonance

NMR and EPR spectroscopy produce milestone in Parkinson's research

Depiction of the state of the protein α-synuclein in living, healthy cells. Credit: Philipp Selenko

The protein α-synuclein plays an important role in Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Although a considerable amount is known about the structure of the protein within the Parkinson’s-typical amyloid deposits, nothing was known about its original state in the healthy cell up to now. High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy have helped to visualise the protein in healthy cells.

Dating fossil teeth by electron paramagnetic resonance: how is that possible?

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Mathieu Duval raises the question “Dating fossil teeth by electron paramagnetic resonance: how is that possible?”. Whilst we are all familiar with 14C dating, the use of EPR is less well known. In fact, there are less than 10 laboratories in the world able to carry out EPR dating of fossil teeth!

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