REHOVOT, Israel -- January 27, 2000 --Vision is the art of seeing things invisible, wrote master of fantasy, Jonathan Swift. His voyages to kingdoms of changing visual scales served to emphasize the potential insights to be gleaned from viewing the world through continuously fresh perspectives. Weizmann Institute researchers have recently demonstrated this principle's applicability to the art of scientific discovery. A decision on their part to change an experimental focus resulted in their capturing the first-ever time resolved "movie" demonstrating how molecules break apart when exposed to synchotron radiation. Their findings, published in the January 18th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) may pave the way to improved techniques for studying biological molecules, as well as to pharmacological measures for preventing radiation damage, a common cause of cancer and birth defects.
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