PATTERN INNOVATION | NOBEL PRIZE PATTERN HUNTING
We can now view life in its most minute form thanks to Nobel Prize winning ‘nanoscope technology’. This year’s prestigious Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists – Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical institute in Ashburn, Virginia, William “W. E.” Moerner of Stanford University in California, and Stefan Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany – for their development of this super-resolved fluorescence microscopy technology, which allows investigation of the tiniest of cells and scientific actions.
“The work of the laureates has made it possible to observe living processes in real time,” said Måns Ehrenberg of Uppsala University in Sweden. Unlike never before, we have a window into the microscopic patterns and processes of the body and living world, allowing us to learn and innovate. The technology has huge implication in developments in health and medicine.
“It means we can watch DNA as it’s read and turned into proteins, how proteins related to disease aggregate in brain diseases including Alzheimer’s, and even changes in neurons in the brain during learning processes,” said Ehrenberg.