There are fundamental limits to light microscopes that limit how much resolution we have when imaging live cells, yet biologists yearn to see a cell’s molecular machinery at work. New super-resolution imaging techniques allow us to see greater detail, and researchers are on a constant quest to find new materials, tools, and techniques that give us a better view of what’s happening at the nanoscale inside living cells.
Recognize that there are limits to traditional light microscopy that prevent us from seeing nanoscale features in living cells.
Understand that new imaging techniques (like STORM and using Quantum Dots with STORM) are being developed to overcome these limitations in microscopy.
Learn that interdisciplinary teams collaborate to drive research forward.
Development of this product was supported by the QSTORM Research Collaborative (NSF MCB-1052733), the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and University of New Hampshire (NSF EEC-0832785), with support from the National Science Foundation. Packaging and dissemination of this product for the NISE Network was supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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