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Trends Cell Biol. 2005 Jan;15(1):43-51.

New views of cells in 3D: an introduction to electron tomography.

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Laboratory for 3D Electron Microscopy of Cells, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0347, USA.


The most important goal of structural cell biology is to elucidate the mechanisms of the processes of life. The structure of a membrane system or fibrous array, the changes in such structures over time or the localizations of enzymes relative to organelle boundaries can often illuminate associated cellular functions. To be of maximal value, structural studies should provide isotropic, 3D information about well-preserved samples at the highest possible resolution. Electron tomography can provide such information about many kinds of cells and organelles.

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