How active a living cell is can be seen by its oxygen consumption. The method for determining this consumption has now been significantly improved by chemists in Bochum. The problem up to now was that the measuring electrode altered the oxygen consumption in the cell’s environment much more than the cell itself. “We already found that out twelve years ago,” says Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität. “Now we have finally managed to make the measuring electrode an spectator.“ Together with his team, he reports in the “International Edition” of the journal “Angewandte Chemie”.