Friday, May 6, 2016
New Technology Applied to Studdying Nuclear Pores
Scientist have recently begun putting a new technology to use to study the micro-physiology of our cells. With the aide of an atomic force microscope (AFM), researchers from Basel University have been able to observe the nuclear pores that control traffic through the nucleus of a cell. The most notable discovery from this research was the ability of these pores to prevent unwanted chemicals from entering the cell. This was observed via microscopic tentacles that monitor movement in and out of the nucleus. The AFM does not work like any regular microscope. This machine uses a fine-tipped feeler to sense the environment in which it has been emmersed. This method and information could prove incredibly useful for the study of carcinogens and how they enter the nucleus.