Nobel prize for microscopy


Nobel prize was awarded today for the revolutionary developments in super-resolution microscopy. Stefan Hell, Eric Betzig and William Moerner have been honoured today with the highest scientific award for making major progress in imaging technologies. Stefan Hell developed principles of Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED)  microscopy and Eric Betzig and William Moerner laid the foundation for single molecule microscopy. Both methods allow scientists to visualize individual molecules in cells on nanometre range, a resolution that was until recently considered unreachable.

These methods have high potential to boost scientific discoveries, but require major investments to purchase and high level of expertise to use them. Therefore most of the European life scientists still do not have access to them.

Future Euro-BioImaging Nodes can provide access to a broad range of super-resolution technologies to all European scientists, who will use the technologies with the help of some of the Europe's best imaging experts.

Single molecule microscopy of nuclear pores;
Image courtesy of Anna Szymborska, Ellenberg Lab, EMBL
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