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What is 'blobology' and how is it transforming biology?


Spectacularly detailed videos from an advanced microscope are sparking a biology "revolution", scientists say.

The technique was once termed "blobology" because its images were so indistinct.

But now, it is being used to create videos of the body's inner-workings at a hitherto unseen level of detail.

This new view inside the body is likely to accelerate the development of more effective drugs for dementia and infection.

According to Dr Peter Rosenthal, of the Francis Crick Institute in London, there is a "growing buzz" about the potential of the technology.

"It is the hottest new approach in biological research at the moment," he told BBC News.

"It's been described as a 'resolution revolution'. There is an exponential growth in the number of new images and 3D maps being produced and researchers are clamouring to be trained how to do it."



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