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Imaging in Living Cells Symposium, July 10

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences will sponsor a symposium, "Tools for Discovery: Imaging Molecular Events in Living Cells," on Thursday, July 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon, in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Biological imaging of dynamic molecular events in living cells promises to provide new insights into fundamental cellular processes. Recent advances in the tools used for intracellular imaging have opened the door to new information on the spatial and temporal relationships between molecules within the cell. The complex behavior of individual molecules and molecular assemblies, and their movement within the cell, can now be captured by increasingly sophisticated optical microscopic techniques. This symposium will feature examples of leading technologies that extend the limits of biological imaging to give high resolution detail on dynamic cellular events in vivo.

This image shows an abnormal mitotic spindle — the structure that pulls chromosomes to opposite ends of the cell during cell division — in a mammalian cell. A normal mitotic spindle is made up of two spindle poles, one at each end. This image shows a cell that has been experimentally treated with an inhibitor that has blocked formation of one of the spindle poles. The cell's chromosomes (red) are attached to the mitotic spindle fibers (green) radiating from the single pole. (Image courtesy of Ted Salmon, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

The program includes five speakers: Wolfhard Almers of the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University; Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz of NICHD; Ted Salmon of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Roger Tsien of the University of California, San Diego; and Simon Weiss of the University of California, Los Angeles.

There is no fee, but advance registration is required. To register online, go to http://pub.nigms.nih.gov/imaging.

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For information or other accommodation, contact Terese Trent, trentt@nigms.nih.gov or call 594-0828.


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