Thanks to GE's Deltavision OMX Blaze microscope (crowned the "OMG" microscope by one researcher), scientists are now able to spy diseases in action down to the molecular and cellular level. It can zero in on bacterial cell division; watch cancer cells respond to chemotherapy; and observe viruses such as HIV move from cell to cell. We'll take a look at fascinating images from the OMG in the coming slides. Shown here: an epithelial cell in metaphase, with microtubules marked in red and DNA in blue.
In this human cervical cancer cell, DNA is stained blue and the microtubules green. The small red dot is the pericentrin centrosome protein.
It's fireworks in both directions for this mitotic spindle in a cell, with its tubulin stained green.
Human keratinocyte cells are stained blue for DNA and green for keratin-14.
This pebbled stripe of red is actually GE's "OMG" microscope revealing the sound-detecting sensory cells of the inner ear.
This human cervical carcinoma cell is brought into high detail by the OMG.
Green-stained microtubules highlight this cervical cancer cell. (DNA is shown in blue.)
This HIV tissue segment shows CD4+ cells stained in red, stoma in green and nuclei in blue.
The images produced by the OMG are "showstoppers," according to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. These cells are no exception.
Here is a toe section, with its tubulin and DNA prominent in green and blue, respectively. All photos courtesy of GE Reports, at http://www.gereports.com