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What Is Molecular and Cellular Imaging?

The development of life is a proficiently orchestrated process of a myriad of distinctive molecules. From DNA to cells and from cells to organs, it is molecules that are the building blocks of all life.

Being able to understand how molecules and cells develop into animals also reveals how aberrant molecular or cellular processes contribute to the degeneration of physiological systems. The most powerful medical interventions are therefore deemed to intervene at the earliest stage when a molecular aberration can be detected. It is thought that this “molecular medicine” will not only treat symptoms of disease, but also lead to the prevention of symptoms and stop disease before it can harm the patient.