A decision has been made to decommission the X-ray diffraction system (ICARUS) in the Crystallographic X-ray Facility. Luck of funding for the maintenance/running costs and very little usage were being the main reasons for this difficult decision. All X-ray diffraction experiments from now on will be performed at various synchrotrons.
During its six-and-a-half years of service over 2,000 datasets were collected and nearly 18,000 samples were tested. With its help we have utilised the Sulphur-SAD method of phasing on in-house X-ray source and solved over 20 structures using this method. The ICARUS has taught many students how to use X-ray diffraction for protein structure determination, helped many PostDocs to publish their groundbreaking papers, and PIs to get their important grants successfully funded.
It’s been fun.
“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”