olympic FRET

August 20, 2008 at 7:34 pm | | nerd, single molecules

In the spirit of the Olympics, I have a new idea: In order to directly probe the dynamics of the Olympics using fluorescence, we need to label athletes and measure their locations and conformations.

For instance, labeling Michael Phelps with Cy3 and Cy5 will allow us to locate his position in the pool with nanometer precision.

Moreover, we should also be able to watch the FRET trace to observe the conformational changes of his arms. In this fashion, we should be able to determine if Phelps travels down the lane using the widely promoted “butterfly” model, or the more controversial “flagellar” model, which posits that his arms spin like propellers.

This work will be continued and I wish to reserve the field for myself.


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  1. yeah, i bet you’d like to monitor his position with nanometer precision. (I know i would. giggity)

    Comment by excimer — August 20, 2008 #

  2. not really.

    Comment by sam — August 21, 2008 #

  3. Nah won’t work. Camera doesn’t have enough time resolution.

    Comment by ilya — August 22, 2008 #

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