Hatchet Enzyme, Enabler of Sickness and of Health, Exposed by Neutron Beams

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The High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States. Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

Operating at 85 MW, an average fuel cycle for the HFIR at Oak Ridge National Laboratory generally runs for approximately 26 days. While submersed, the spent fuel emits a luminescent blue glow due to Cherenkov radiation, in which shedding electrons move through the water faster than the speed of light in water. Once removed from the reactor, spent fuel is then relocated into an adjacent holding pool for interim storage. Caption: ORNL Photo credit: Jason Richards/ORNL

The High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States. Here an aerial view. Credit: ORNL

A fraction collector in Raquel Lieberman's Georgia Tech lab dispenses liquid protein sample components, collecting a set volume before moving on to the next tube. Credit: Georgia Tech / Rob Felt

Associate professor Raquel Lieberman in her cool room at Georgia Tech. Credit: Georgia Tech / Rob Felt

Raquel Lieberman, associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Credit: Georgia Tech / Rob Felt

A fraction collector in Raquel Lieberman's Georgia Tech lab dispenses liquid protein sample components, collecting a set volume before moving on to the next tube. Credit: Georgia Tech / Rob Felt