Florida State University scientists say they have developed a new light microscope capable of looking at proteins on the molecular level.

Researchers said the microscope — created with the help of FSU’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — is so powerful it allows scientists to peer deep inside cells to see the fundamental organization of the key structures within.

The instrument was created by FSU researchers Michael Davidson and Scott Olenych, with colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Virginia and the National Institutes of Health.

As the technology advances, it may prove to be a key factor in unlocking the molecular-level secrets of intracellular dynamics, said Davidson, who directs the magnet lab’s Optical Microscopy Group.

The microscope and technology are explained online in the Aug. 10 issue of Science Express.