Navigation Links
Seeing is believing: Biologists and physicists produce revealing images of cell organization, behavior
Date:2/16/2013

BOSTON, MASS.When difficult biological questions are tackled by creative experts in physics, what can result?

Images of great beauty, accessible for anyone to appreciate, that also offer rich information on fundamental life processes, and rewarding new paths for analysis and insight.

This leading edge of interdisciplinary collaboration in microscopy will be explored in "Innovations in Imaging: Seeing is Believing," Saturday, February 16, 1:30-4:30 PM at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

The panel will feature three physicists and three biologists, several of whom are affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass., a leading center for innovation in biophysics and biological imaging (see list below).

"We are beginning to understand the basis for cell organization at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution through the creative application of fundamental physics to microscopy," states session organizer Amy S. Gladfelter of Dartmouth College and MBL. "This symposium will help motivate the next phase of interdisciplinary approaches to advance the visualization of life, from the scale of a single molecule to the whole organism."

The data collected in biological images, Gladfelter notes, not only bring insight to basic cell processes, but can also be used for medical purposes (to diagnose a metastasizing cancer or microbial infection, for example, or to screen chemical libraries for new pharmaceuticals).

"These images also bring us to a beautiful world beyond the grasp of our normal senses," Gladfelter states. "In this way microscopes give us beauty and [biological or medical] application, often in the same image."

The capacity of microscopes to reach beyond the senses is well appreciated by MBL Senior Scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg, who will address "New Frontiers in Polarized Light Microscopy for Live Cell Imaging" in this session:

"Polarization is a basic property of light that is often overlooked, because the human eye is not sensitive to polarization. Therefore, we don't have an intuitive understanding of it and optical phenomena that are based on polarization either elude us or we find them difficult to comprehend," Oldenbourg states.

"Like most scientific instruments, the polarized light microscope translates polarization effects so they can be perceived by our senses, in this case by our eyes, and makes them amenable to quantitative and analytical analysis. At the MBL, we are developing polarized light imaging techniques that clearly reveal the otherwise invisible dynamics of single molecules and molecular assemblies in organelles, cells, and tissues."

Other talks in the session will include:

"Navigating the Dynamic Cell"
Jennifer Lippincott-Swartz (National Institutes of Heath/MBL Physiology Course)

"Imaging Three-Dimensional Dynamics in Cells and Embryos"
Eric Betzig (Howard Hughes Medical Institute/MBL Physiology Course and MBL Neurobiology Course)

"Structured Illumination and the Analysis of Single Molecules in Cells"
Rainer Heintzmann (King's College, London)

"Imaging Single Cells in the Breast Tumor Microenvironment"
John Condeelis (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

"Single Molecule Imaging in Live Cells"
Amy S. Gladfelter (Dartmouth College/MBL Whitman Investigator)


'/>"/>

Contact: Diana Kenney
dkenney@mbl.edu
508-685-3525
Marine Biological Laboratory
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Seeing fewer older people in the street may lead low-income adults to fast-track their lives
2. Texas A&M biologists prove ZOLOFT packs potential to fight fungal meningitis
3. UCI microbiologists find new approach to fighting viral illnesses
4. UMass Amherst cell biologists identify new protein key to asymmetric cell division
5. UCLA bioengineers discover single cancer cell can produce up to 5 daughter cells
6. New micropumps for hand-held medical labs produce pressures 500 times higher than car tire
7. Equol-producer status of US women influences soy food effects on menopause symptoms
8. Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain
9. Oxytocin produces more engaged fathers and more responsive infants
10. Previous studies on toxic effects of BPA couldnt be reproduced
11. Dr. Farshchian to interview Dr. Sherwood Swartz on "Arthritis Show," according to executive producer at Mymedicinetv.com
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Seeing is believing: Biologists and physicists produce revealing images of cell organization, behavior
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Fresh Wave® IAQ today announced the launch of its innovative ... universities at the APPA 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Booth #414. ... without the use of harsh chemicals, Fresh Wave IAQ Smoke Away Air & Fabric ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... ... Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, has written a ... and pleads with world leaders to be more open about positive changes. Yisrayl says the ... there is a peaceful and positive way to solve all; yes, all issues, and he ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... ... West Dermatology is pleased to announce the newest addition to their Fresno, ... will join West Dermatology’s large network of medical and cosmetic dermatology practices, bringing with ... more. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... ChenMed ... MD, has joined JenCare Senior Medical Center as Richmond Chief Medical Officer. ... School of Medicine, and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Services for the UVA ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... Remote Medical ... their iMedSecure™ comes included with each system installation. RMT’s iMedHD2™ Telepathology ... participants for real-time collaboration and immediate decision-making requirements. While never sharing IP ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2017)... GAITHERSBURG, Md. , July 10, 2017 ... in non-animal test methods, is the recipient of a ... by the PETA International Science Consortium. The device, which ... be used to expose human lung cells to airborne ... lung. IIVS will use the VITROCELL® system for testing ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... MANCHESTER, England , July 5, 2017 ... the perfect answer as physics and manufacturing combine to progress ... the thyroid, existing SPECT systems are unable to accurately quantify ... consequence, only limited information regarding the success of this radiotherapy ... ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... -- In vitro diagnostics market firm Kalorama Information has ... ten diagnostic companies have successfully completed financings.  The types ... loan facility.  The size of these financings ranged from ... provides a monthly IVD Market Trends Report ... "Diagnostics deals are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: