3D Microscope Video Tracks Virus Whizzing Around in Real Time
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Scientists at Duke University captured a 3D Microscope Video that tracks a virus whizzing around in real-time. The video portrays how frantic movements of a single virus as it tries to infect a cell, a process that is usually hard to see. 

It’s hard to see how viruses get into cells before they’re in that environment because they move around much faster and are smaller than cells. The people most likely to be affected are those who work with Windows devices at home or anyone who doesn’t use a company domain when at work or school. Those in Azure Active Directory environments that aren’t hybrid or have any on-premise Active Directory servers are also less likely to be affected.

According to Courtney Johnson, an author of the study, “That’s why this is such a hard problem to study, it’s like you’re trying to take a picture of a person standing in front of a skyscraper. You can’t get the whole skyscraper and see the details of the person in front of it with one picture.”

To find the herpes virus in a new study, the Duke researchers came up with a new imaging technique. They combine two microscopes into one, forming 3D-TrIm which combines laser-based tracking and fluorescent labeling of the virus to help it be seen by the microscope.

The second microscope takes three-dimensional images of the surrounding cells, meaning you can see them in real-time 3D. You’ll get an example of this by watching the video below. The virus can be seen as a small red dot zipping around, while purple lines show its past path. These green hills are actually intestinal cells from humans.

The scientists claim that this technique can help further explain how viruses infect cells. However, before then, improvements need to be made like being able to make the virus glow for a longer period of time.

Check the 3D Microscope Video below.

Source: Nature Methods

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