by Andre on 17 October 2005
A couple of months ago I posted about Hermann Gaub’s talk at the Bioimage summer school and had good intentions of writing about some others. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. But, I got an e-mail from the organizers the other day saying that video of the presentations is now available online.* There were many good talks, so if you are interested in single molecule biophysics I would recommend that you check them out. In particular, I would recommend:
1) Hermann Gaub’s talk about atomic force microscopy and how he and his collaborators have applied it to a variety of topics in biophysics. He also gives some previews of what to expect from his group in the next few months including his ideas on how to do high-throughput single molecule force measurements.
2) Both of Sunney Xie’s talks. He talks about single molecule fluorescence work they’re doing including some as yet unpublished work on stochastic gene expression in e-coli. Since they have single molecule resolution they were able to observe a flash of fluorescence every time the protein they were interested in was produced, one molecule at a time. He also talked about CARS microscopy.
3) Arthur Olsen’s first talk about molecular visualisation. This talk wasn’t directly related to any research I’m doing, but his demonstrations were awesome. He showed a slide with the above picture on it and I thought he was going to say “In the future, we hope to be able to do something like this using megacomputers and internets.” But before the talk was over, he was actually using the system on the podium. If you just want the condensed version, I would recommend that you check out the short video demonstrations he has on his website.
*For those that don’t speak French telecharger is save and ecouter is listen.