by PhilipJ on 15 October 2006
A good portion of the retreat is made up of people doing single molecule measurements, either with scanning probe microscopes (AFM, STM) or optical and magnetic tweezers. These measurements have rightly become quite popular in recent years, particularly since the techniques themselves are still quite new.
After a number of talks on single molecule experiments, a speaker not working on single molecules said, after explaining his more ‘bulk’ style of measurement:
Looking at an ensemble measurement… you know, retro biophysics.
We all burst out laughing, since single-molecule work certainly has come to dominate biophysics research. I’ll give a more complete recap of the retreat when I’m home tomorrow night!