2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Announced!!


The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and William Moerner. The three scientists pioneered methods for super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, which allowed for fluorescence microscopy at the nanometer level (or nano-scopy).

In what has become known as nanoscopy, scientists visualize the pathways of individual molecules inside living cells. They can see how molecules create synapses between nerve cells in the brain; they can track proteins involved in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases as they aggregate; they follow individual proteins in fertilized eggs as these divide into embryos.

The award recognized Stefan Hell for discovery of the method of stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. Eric Betzig and William Moerner were awarded for laying the foundation for development of single-molecule microscopy.

Below is an interview with Sven Lidin, Charman of the Nobel Committee about this year’s Chemistry Prize.

Flying through Dulles? Check out their latest exhibit!


An airport is probably the last place I typically think of when I hear the words “art” or “cell biology”… however, that’s no longer the case.  Starting today and going until November 2014, Washington Dulles International Airport features a new exhibit titled “Life: Magnified.”  Brought to you by a collaboration between ASCB, NIGMS, Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, and Zeiss, the exhibit displays 46 stunning microscopic images from cell biology.   You can check out the exhibit in the Gateway Gallery in Concourse C.

Just incase you are not flying through Dulles, you can check out the images here!

Dulles gets a LOT of traffic.  What an awesome way to show off cell biology!