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IBM makes MRI scans 100 million times better

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IBM on Tuesday said it has enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology 100-million-fold, paving the way to one day see what is going on at molecular levels in people's bodies.

IBM researchers working with the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University in California have created a microscope that, with further development, could give 3D images of proteins.

"This technology stands to revolutionize the way we look at viruses, bacteria, proteins, and other biological elements," said Mark Dean, vice president of strategy and operations for IBM Research.

The microscope takes advantage of "magnetic resonance force microscopy" (MRFM) that detects miniscule amounts of magnetism.

The imaging technique can peer below surfaces of cells without damaging organic material, according to IBM.

The technique was used on a tobacco mosaic virus measuring just 18 nanometers across and achieved resolution down to four nanometers. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

"MRI is well known as a powerful tool for medical imaging, but its capability for microscopy has always been very limited," said IBM Research manner of nanoscale studies Dan Rugar.

"Our hope is that nano MRI will eventually allow us to directly image the internal structure of individual protein molecules and molecular complexes, which is key to understanding biological function."

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WOW!

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100 million times better? Are they sure people won't get killed by all that awesomeness at once?

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Now they just have to learn to interpret the meaning of the images, and what they imply for the cells and proteins...

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Is IBM still American, or did the Chinese buy it? If the Chinese bought it, who will benefit business wise?

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Yelnats

IBM is still a US company, the Chinese (Lenovo) only purchased their PC division.

The purchase was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. national security oversight committee.

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The imaging technique can peer below surfaces of cells without damaging organic material

Surely this is a step nearer to producing fully working 3d X-ray specs. Good work IBM researchers working with the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University in California. Who said scientists don't have fun?????

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