X-ray laser can now image the insides of living bacteria

February 12, 2015 2:37 PM

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X-ray laser can now image the insides of living bacteria

Though we all know X-rays can be dangerous, the technology to use this band of radiation for scientific purposes has been around so long that even the lead vests can’t scare us out of a routine medical snapshot. X-ray photography is a time-honored tradition in macro-scale science, and responsible for all manner of advances, so you may not have guessed that X-ray technology is still largely incapable of taking very high-resolution images of microbial life.

To see inside of microbes scientists have come up with schemes to blast them with high-powered electrons, or fuse all their major structural elements to fluorescent markers, or even explode them and use math to recombine them into something sensible — but this is the first time that researchers have...

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