Nature: The secret lives of cells — as never seen before

S. Albert et al. – PNAS / CC BY 4.0

Cutting-edge microscopy techniques are allowing researchers to spy on the innards of cells in all their crowded glory.

”You can rarely assign biological functions or cellular functions to an individual molecule — the functions arise from the interaction of all the molecules inhabiting a cellular landscape,” Baumeister says. “That’s where the discovery potential of cryo-ET comes in. Whatever we look at nowadays, there are surprises.”