Development of Next-gen Microscope Enhances Study of Cell Biology

Published By : 21 Aug 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

In a breakthrough technological development, new possibilities for the in-depth study of cell biology have been attained. Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed a next generation microscope that overcomes the loopholes of the currently used confocal microscope. The newly developed microscope is capable of capturing 3D live cell images that are of higher quality. On the contrary, the intense light exposure of currently used confocal microscope impedes cell activities and eventually lead to destroying the cells.

Named as The LiTone Line Bessel Sheet microscope, the new device has been developed by a team led by Prof Michael Loy and Prof Du Shengwang at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The newly invented microscope is 1,000 times less in terms of phototoxicity that enable cells to live much longer for observation. While the new development is an outcome of sophisticated science and technology, researchers are striving to make it simple so that it can be used by biologists with minimal training.

New Device to Open Mystery of Diseases at Cellular Level

The development of the new microscope will allow scientists to study cells in detail. As a result, scientists will be able to find the mystery of certain diseases, and deviations at the cellular level that lead to these diseases.

In terms of operational efficiency, the new microscope is 1,000 times faster than the currently used confocal microscope, which provides much higher temporal resolution for smooth videography. Moreover, the new microscope will enhance accuracy and efficiency for initiatives to study the transportation of proteins within cells, and will also facilitate to learn in the event if cells become abnormal.

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