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Powerhouses of the cell

ELYRA superresolution microscope

Image provided by Vladimir Kolossov, Rex Gaskins Lab

Research funded by National Institutes of Health

In this image of human colorectal cancer cells, the glowing points represent the chemical activity of mitochondria. Mitochondria are tiny structures that convert the energy from food into a chemical form that keeps cells running. To produce this image, researchers used a genetically encoded, chemically sensitive dye that allows them to monitor the activity of mitochondria in real time.