St. Jude is now home to the world's strongest
magnet of its kind. The magnets new home is
the St. Jude NMR Spectroscopy Center,
where nine other NMR machines are located.
Thanks to its unique power, the manget from zurich,
Switzerland, will help researchers better see &
study biomolecules. Further understanding of
biomolecules like proteins, DNA and RNA will help
researchers in the fight against diseases like cancer
as they will have better understanding of cell biology.
The magnet uses 6,000 liters of liquid helium to cool the
coils in the wires center. the 10-ton magnet is 1 million
times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field &
many thousand times stronger than a typical magnet
found in a home. The magnet is about 26 Tesla, a unit of magnetic induction, while the Earth's magnetic field is about 25 microtesla.
An NMR machine functions in many ways like an MRI
machine, which creates a magnetic field around a patient & detects the body's resulting signals that are converted into images showing the inside. However, MRIs study the body at much lower resolution.
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