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Infrared method could safely identify cells

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Science  10 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6402, pp. 541
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6402.541

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Researchers are testing a new technique for cell identification that relies on a powerful beam of infrared light to capture a biochemical profile of a cell. The technique uses an infrared beam produced by a synchrotron, a type of particle accelerator, to detect the types of chemical groups the cell contains. Researchers have shown that the method can distinguish between two different cell types in tissues from a mouse brain and that it can identify changes that occur during a neurodegenerative disease. They also think they can use the technique to diagnose diseases, track cellular changes during illnesses, and better understand embryonic development.