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New technique shows cells’ molecules in color

Electron microscopes get ability to add hues to high-res images

7:00am, November 4, 2016
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HUE NEW A new technique adds color to electron microscope images, as seen in this shot of two brain cells.

Electron microscopy is finally getting its Kodachrome moment.

The high-powered scopes can now produce images that simultaneously highlight different molecules in different colors, scientists report online November 3 in Cell Chemical Biology. That’s helpful for researchers hoping to visualize the complex structures of cells or tissues — such as connections between brain cells, shown here.

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