Posted On: Feb 6, 2013

Understanding the interaction of proteins and enzymes is key to discovering and advancing treatments for diseases. Unfortunately, conventional light microscopes cannot clearly show objects as small as single molecules and electron microscopy cannot be effectively used with living cells.

A mathematically based technique called Photoactivated Localization Microscopy (PALM) helps solve this problem, but it takes hours and often days to crunch all the numbers required to produce one usable image.

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