Monday, November 26, 2007

A cool new microscope-- super-resolution stimulated emission depletion (STED) confocal laser scanning microscope for nanoscopic resolution of biological samples was funded by the National Science Foundation at UCLA. Read more> Unlike other advanced light microscopes, this one is intended for work at the nanoscopic level to aid in the study of the structure of a cell, chromatin and the packaging of chromosones and intercell communications. In this article at Nanowerk, nanoscopic medicine is explained, including the idea that certain proteins act like little machines inside the body. The interesting part of both articles is how we've adapted the original optical microscope, varying it by where we put light and dark, and how we provide the light.

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