Nanoscale microscopy technique allows scientists to pinpoint RNA molecules in the brain

July 6, 2016
Cells contain thousands of messenger RNA molecules, which carry copies of DNA's genetic instructions to the rest of the cell. MIT engineers have now developed a way to visualize these molecules in higher resolution than previously possible in intact tissues, allowing researchers to precisely map the location of RNA throughout cells.
Cells contain thousands of messenger RNA molecules, which carry copies of DNA's genetic instructions to the rest of the cell. MIT engineers have now developed a way to visualize these molecules in higher resolution than previously possible in intact tissues, allowing researchers to precisely map the location of RNA throughout cells.
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By expanding intact tissues before imaging them via microscopy, researchers at MIT have now developed a way to visualize messenger RNA molecules in higher resolution than previously possible, allowing precise location mapping of RNA throughout cells.

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