In order to make new discoveries in the life sciences, innovations need to be continuously made in microscopy. This way, scientists can take an ever-closer look at phenomena that are happening on a molecular scale.
Fluorescence microscopy is considered a reliable tool for studying organic samples at a high resolution. Nevertheless, the diffraction barrier of light poses the problem of not being able to distinguish objects that are smaller than the wavelength of light. Proteins, for example, can be as small as four nanometers. Even recent developments in light microscopy - such as super-resolution which can resolve objects at a smaller scale - come with the problem of providing no contextual or structural information besides the objects that glow under fluorescence.
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