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Diamond to shine light on infections

18 February 2013 Last updated at 16:06 GMT

The UK's national synchrotron facility - the Diamond Light Source near Oxford - is to become a world centre for studying the structure of viruses and bacteria that cause serious disease.

Diamond will use its intense X-rays to reveal the molecular and atomic make-up of these Containment Level 3 pathogens.

Prof Dave Stuart, the life sciences director at Diamond, explains the significance of the announcement.