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Have you heard about the Quantum Microscope for living Biology?

Asked by philosopher (9145points) February 5th, 2013

This is amazing.
It means Research Scientist can study the details of living cells. Wow.
Will this help Scientist find more cures for diseases that currently can not be cured? I think it will.
Read about it here.

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I hadn’t heard about it, but it sounds interesting. I’m trying to work through a more descriptive article about it now. But I’m not up on my electron states so I’m having to intuit a lot.

The key, I guess, is the possibility of seeing things without disrupting or destroying them. So watching molecules traverse a cell wall could be very interesting. It would be very interesting for me, since the issue involved in bipolar disorder is how salts enter into brain cells. This changes how dopamine gets produced or propagated or something, and the bottom line is that it affects thinking and happiness.

It’s something that bipolar researchers are very interested in. I don’t know if this machine can be used on live humans. I doubt if it is ready for that yet, but perhaps not too long from now, that kind of research will be possible. Of course, understanding is only part of the battle. Then you have to figure out what you can do to change things and then you need to decide whether you want to change things and by how much.

Pretty cool, though.

philosopher's avatar

My son is autistic. I think this could help Scientist better comprehend what synapses and neurons are not well connected.

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