The GHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer has the enhanced ability to deliver studies of samples in their more natural environments. Not only are the biologists and biochemists excited about this potential, chemists who have been studying reactions using NMR in situ for many years may now have the chance to start monitoring and imaging chemical processes on an unheard-of scale and resolution. Special probes have been developed to allow for imaging and it is possible that the next steps will allow for the imaging structural analysis of proteins functioning in their correct cell wall matrix, surrounded by the other entities that need to be present to complete the overall picture of a functioning biological system but that currently make data interpretation such a difficult task.
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|Published - Jun 2013