A new way to see

Image of individual red blood cells lined up within a single capillary in a mouse's ear.

A team of Harvard chemists led by X. Sunney Xie has developed a new microscopic technique for seeing, in color, molecules with undetectable fluorescence. The room-temperature technique allows researchers to identify previously unseen molecules in living organisms and offers broad applications in biomedical imaging and research.

The scientists’ results are published in the Oct. 22 issue of Nature. Partial funding for the project was provided by the National Science …

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I always love new methods for visualizing biological systems. This holds the promise to see molecules in living tissue that we have previously been unable to see. New technologies allow us to answer questions unthought up before.

The results of this could be quite exciting (pun intended).

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