The most powerful instrument in Oregon for studying the biological structure of molecules will be dedicated April 4th at Oregon State University.

The Bruker 600 MHz magnetic resonance spectrometer is used by scientists in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophyics to gain insight into the three- dimensional structure of a biological molecule to fully understand the mechanisms by which it functions. This work will have a significant effect on discoveries in medical and biological research.

The dedication of the W.M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Biological Structure will take place at 10:00 am on April 4 in Room 4001 of the Agricultural and Life Sciences Building.

The W.M. Keck Foundation of California, one of America's foremost private funders of science education and research, matched a large grant from the National Science Foundation. Additional support came from within the University.

Since the instrument arrived this winter, Victor Hsu, Director of the Laboratory, and other researchers on campus have begun to use this instrument to study the structure and function of a variety of biomolecules, including proteins, DNA, and other natural products.

The instrument will be dedicated by President Paul Risser. Dr. Hsu will give a short seminar on the types of studies that will be performed with this new state-of-the-art instrument. The public is invited to attend.

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