By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Life Science Research. According to news originating from Crawley, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The techniques of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM) are routinely applied in the physical sciences to map the distribution of elements at the nanoscale. EELS can also provide details of the bonding/valence of elements through variations in the fine structure of elemental peaks in the spectrum."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Western Australia, "While applications of these techniques in biology are less prevalent, their ability to detect both the light elements (e.g., C, N, O, P, S) that form the building blocks of biological systems and heavier elements (e.g., metals) makes them potentially important techniques for investigating local chemical variations in tissues and cells. Successful application of EELS and EFTEM in biology requires both an understanding of the techniques themselves and expertise in specimen preparation. Care must be taken to avoid the diffusion of elements during the preparation process to avoid artifacts in the resulting element maps."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The power of the techniques is demonstrated here using tissue from a marine mollusc (chiton)."
For more information on this research see: Biological applications of energy-filtered TEM. Methods In Molecular Biology, 2014;1117():689-706 (see also Life Science Research).
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M. Saunders, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia.
Keywords for this news article include: Crawley, Life Science Research, Australia and New Zealand.
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