Asked • 07/12/19

Can living cells be imaged with electron microscopy?

According to this article from October 2009, > "Electron microscopes are the most powerful type of microscope, > capable of distinguishing even individual atoms. However, these > microscopes cannot be used to image living cells because the electrons > destroy the samples." > > "Now, MIT assistant professor Mehmet Fatih Yanik and his student, > William Putnam, propose a new scheme that can overcome this limitation > by using a quantum mechanical measurement technique that allows > electrons to sense objects remotely. Damage would be avoided because > the electrons would never actually hit the imaged objects." Is it possible yet to image living cells with an electron microscope? If not, has there been any advance in this direction?

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