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Electron Microscope to Image Living Cells I have previously mentioned about increasing the resolving power of light based microscopes in order to better image living tissue. Electron microscopes have an even greater ability to view finer details. The only problem is that focused electron beams can easily damage living cells. Now scientists are using the properties of quantum mechanics in order to develop electron microscopy that would be able to create pictures of that type of tissue without destroying it. The researchers believe that eventually this will allow them to achieve a resolution of several nanometers. At this level of detail they could view individual molecules inside of cells. Obviously being able to view bio-molecular interactions within a neuron could have implications for improved understanding of their functioning. You can read more about this interesting advance in the press release.

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