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Microscope Breakthrough

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A breakthrough in microscope technology will soon enable biochemists to detect and measure design in macrobiomolecules that until now has been hidden from view. The new instrument combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with atomic force microscopy (AFM). A team of IBM scientists built a microscope combining MRI and AFM to detect for the first time by this means a single electron spin. This detection means that MRI imaging is about to achieve a one-hundred-million-fold improvement in resolution (power to see fine details). That is, biochemists soon will be able to map in three dimensions the largest proteins (containing one to three million nucleons) with atomic resolution. This new microscope technology has the potential to produce an order of magnitude increase in evidence for the supernatural design of complex biomolecules.

·         D. Rugar et al., “Single Spin Detection by Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy,” Nature 430 (2004): 329-32.


·         P. Chris Hammel, “Seeing Single Spins,” Nature 430 (2004): 300-01.   /DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v430/n6997/index.html; doi:10.1038/430300a

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Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana