One of the reasons that fields such as biology and chemistry can be difficult for non-scientists to understand is that the objects and processes they study are far too small to be seen with the naked eye. Envisioning what something like endocytosis might look like is as much an exercise in creativity as reality. However, technology is beginning to bridge this gap, and the result is every bit as fascinating as we could have imagined.
At the University of Cambridge, the “Under the Microscope” project aims to detail the beauty and complexity of biology at its tiniest. Take, for example, this image of a “Killer T-cell” attacking a cancerous cell in the body:
In this video, we see the Killer T-cell (in green) identify and attack a cancerous cell beneath it (in blue). While watching it, two things immediately came to my mind. One was the accuracy of the T-cell in carrying out its duty of destroying the cancerous cell. The environment was filled with all kinds of tiny cellular neighbors, and yet our hero knew what to aim for and how to get there.
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