The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Hell, Betzig and Moerner for their development of super resolution fluorescence microscopy. Thanks to their development, the diffraction limit is no longer a limitation for the resolution in fluorescence microscopy. The microscope has been transformed into a “nanoscope” with resolution on the molecular scale.
Their developments have laid the foundation to a fast development of many super resolution microscopy techniques. Several of those techniques are now available to users of bioimaging facilities in Sweden: at Science for Life Laboratory in Stockholm, STED/PALM/STORM and SIM microscopy, in Gothenburg PALM and SIM and in Umeå STORM microscopy. All those facilities are part of the Swedish Bioimaging network with open access to all researchers in Sweden.