A paper entitled “Raman microspectroscopy of live cells under autophagy-inducing conditions” has been highlighted and featured as the cover artwork in the most recent issue of Analyst. The article, authored by S. Konorov, M. Jardon, J. Piret, Michael Blades (Department of Chemistry), and Robin Turner (Michael Smith Laboratories), focuses on the detection of autophagy in cells. Autophagy is a phenomenon exhibited by cells in response to various kinds of stress that allows cells to recycle nutrients as a survival mechanism. This study is the first to establish the utility of Raman spectroscopy to non-invasively detect biologically relevant changes in live cells exposed to conditions known to induce autophagy. The full paper on this topic can be found here.