In silico labeling in cell biology: Potential and limitations

Nitsan Elmalam, Lion Ben Nedava, Assaf Zaritsky

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In silico labeling is the computational cross-modality image translation where the output modality is a subcellular marker that is not specifically encoded in the input image, for example, in silico localization of organelles from transmitted light images. In principle, in silico labeling has the potential to facilitate rapid live imaging of multiple organelles with reduced photobleaching and phototoxicity, a technology enabling a major leap toward understanding the cell as an integrated complex system. However, five years have passed since feasibility was attained, without any demonstration of using in silico labeling to uncover new biological insight. In here, we discuss the current state of in silico labeling, the limitations preventing it from becoming a practical tool, and how we can overcome these limitations to reach its full potential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102378
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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