Coronaviruses are a family which includes the common cold, SARS, MERS and the current outbreak of the disease COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Several facilities of our collaboration have started research about SARS-CoV-2 virus or launched open calls for rapid access. This post will be updated regularly.
Diamond Light Source (UK) has created a specific website “Coronavirus Science” with platforms for various audiences: scientific community, general public and the media: https://www.diamond.ac.uk/covid-19.html
The Photon Division of PSI (Switzerland) have collated many information linked to their institute on coronavirus-relevant research (recent publications, rapid access…): https://www.psi.ch/en/psd/covid-19
2020.03.25 CERN Courrier (Switzerland) article about synchrotron research on SARS-CoV-2, written by Tessa Charles (accelerator physicist at the University of Melbourne currently based at CERN, completed her PhD at the Australian Synchrotron):
Synchrotrons on the coronavirus frontline
2020.03.19 BESSY II at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany), research publication:
Coronavirus SARS-CoV2: BESSY II data accelerate drug development
2020.03.19 BESSY II at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany), technique explanation webpage:
Protein crystallography at BESSY II: A mighty tool for the search of anti-viral agents
2020.03.12. Elettra Sincrotrone (Italy), article on their website:
New project to fight the spread of Coronavirus has been approved
2020.03.05. Advanced Photon Source (IL / USA), article on their website:
APS Coronavirus Research in the Media Spotlight
Scientists can apply for rapid access at following facilities (only member facilities of Lightsources.org are referenced, the most recent published (or updated) call is mentioned first).
- The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) in NY / USA is offering a streamlined and expedited rapid access proposal process for groups that require beam time for structural biology projects directly related to COVID-19. The Center for Biomolecular Structure team is supporting remote macromolecular crystallography experiments at Beamlines 17-ID-1 (AMX) and 17-ID-2 (FMX) in this research area. To submit a macromolecular crystallography proposal for COVID-19 related research, use the following form:
- MAX IV in Sweden opens a Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2 and urgent (e.g. health-related) research:
- BESSY II at HZB in Germany offers priority fast track access for groups who require instrument time for projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2.
- The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Agronne National Laboratory in IL / USA continues to operate, providing expedited, remote access for only research related to COVID-19. Rapid access proposals are being accepted, please state that the research is related to SARS CoV-2 proteins or COVID-19 :
- The European Synchrotron (ESRF) in France operates, among its structural biology facilities, a cryo-electron microscope, which can be made available for research on coronavirus.
Contact: ESRF Director of Research for Biological and Medical Sciences: Jean SUSINI
- PETRA III at DESY in Germany offers also Fast Track Access for Corona-related research:
- Australian Synchrotron at ANSTO makes its macromolecular crystallography beamlines available to structural biologists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- North American DOE lightsource facilities have created a platform to enable COVID-19 research. There you can find ressources and points of contact to request priority access:
Structural Biology Resources at DOE Light Sources
- Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste in Italy opens to remote acces following beamlines: XRD1, XRD2, SISSI-BIO and MCX thanks to an CERIC-ERIC initiative:
- SSRL at SLAC in California / USA has an existing rapid access program which can be used for COVID related research :
- The Advanced Light Source (ALS) at LBNL in California / USA has capabilities relevant to COVID-19 and researchers can apply through their RAPIDD mechanism:
- ALBA Synchrotron in Spain offers a COVID-19 RAPID ACCESS on all beamlines:
- SOLARIS Synchrotron in Poland gives acces to its Cryo Electron Microscope thanks to an CERIC-ERIC initiative: https://www.ceric-eric.eu/2020/03/10/covid-19-fast-track-access/
- Swiss Light Source and Swiss FEL at PSI in Switzerland offer priority access to combating COVID-19:
- Diamond Light Source in the United Kingdom opened also a call for rapid access:
Image: Electron density at the active site of the SARS-CoV-2 protease, revealing a fragment bound
Credit: Diamond Light Source