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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Cellular light switch
Zeiss LSM 700 Confocal Microscope

Image provided by Vladimer Kolossov and Matthew Leslie, Rex Gaskins Lab

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health

The glow seen inside these cells is produced by a biosensor that responds to oxidation state. Cells were genetically engineered to produce the sensor, allowing researchers to track how various environmental conditions, including oxidative stress, affect different parts of the cell.