Electron microscopy is used in research laboratories to explore the molecular mechanisms of disease, to visualize the 3D architecture of tissues and cells, to determine the conformation of flexible protein structures and complexes, and to observe individual viruses and macromolecular complexes in their natural biological context.
Understanding cell structure and function is essential to pushing the boundaries of discovery. Whether working in cancer, HIV, genetic, or drug discovery research, scientists need to know how diseases or genetic defects affect cells and how cells respond. With deeper understanding, treatments can be developed to more effectively fight disease and aging. However, no single technology can provide all answers, so a broad range of technology innovation is needed to move scientists from questions to answers.