Monday, January 23, 2012

U.S. Federal Innovation 49: Bubblegram Imaging  

A bubblegram image
Although it sounds like something you might receive on a birthday or other significant life event, bubblegram imaging is a sophisticated research technique developed by researchers at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Employing cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), a technique that allows scientists to image very small particles, a research team associated with the NIAMS Laboratory of Structural Biology Research was able to use low and high doses of radiation to create images of the internal structure of viruses. Benefits arising from this imaging technique include better understanding of the inner workings of viruses and the possibility of visualizing differences in the structure of cancerous and non-cancerous cells.

Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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