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An artistic representation of the cutting method used to measure the microtubules' lengths

Femtosecond laser ablation sheds new insight on cell division

04/27/2012 Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), using a femtosecond laser, sliced through and made quantitative measurements of the mitotic spindle (an apparatus that forms during cell division), d...
The 9.6 mm probe housing (right) next to the housing of the earlier prototype 18 mm probe (left) showing the reduction in packaged probe size

Femtosecond probe with 'lightsaber'-like precision promising for laser surgery

04/24/2012 Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a small, flexible endoscopic medical device fitted with a femtosecond laser "scalpel" that can remove—with 'lightsaber'-like precision—diseased or dama...
Professor Tuan Vo-Dinh discusses results from his NanoSight NS500 with Dr. Hsiangkuo Yuan from his research group

Nanoparticle tracking helps characterize 'nanoconstructs' for biomedical applications

04/19/2012 Scientists at Duke University's Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, led by Professor Tuan Vo-Dinh, applied nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) to characterize metal nanoparticle construct materials for use in biosensing, imag...
The difference between an infected red blood cell (top) and a healthy cell (bottom) is revealed by secondary speckle sensing microscopy (S3M)

Microscopy technique could detect malaria in a half-hour's time

04/18/2012

Researchers at the Materials Technology Institute of the National Research Council have developed a microscopy system that could diagnose malaria much faster and with greater accuracy.

Green fluorescent-emitting cells identify antigens directly

04/11/2012 Using genetic engineering techniques, researchers at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) and the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology have generated cells that emit green fluorescent light when stimulated by the binding of a c...
A hyperspectral line camera with four broadband light sources acquires images with the lens at center

Hyperspectral imaging device helps debunk wound healing

04/10/2012

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) devices, calibrated to new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standard reference spectra, bring forth new insight on the physiology of tissue injury and healing.

Dendrites transfected with DsRed for visualization of morphology and with PSD-95 (green) for visualizing postsynaptic densities

Software-driven fluorescence microscopy visualizes neuron activity

04/04/2012 Using fluorescence microscopy driven by image analysis software, researchers at the University of Münster have shown that the loss of the protein neurobeachin (Nbea) not only disrupts signaling within the neuron, but also leads...
Lu Chen, Ph.D., Rakesh Nayyar, Lino DeFacendis, and James Dou have created a portable cytometer that works like a diabetes test

Cytometry goes portable for HIV monitoring in remote areas

03/27/2012

University of Toronto researchers have developed a faster, cheaper portable device to track the progression of HIV in patients living in developing countries.

Gold nanoparticles created by the Rice University lab of Eugene Zubarev take on the shape of starfruit in a chemical bath with silver nitrate, ascorbic acid and gold chloride

'Starfruit' nanorods could boost SERS in medical imaging

03/26/2012

Starfruit-shaped gold nanorods synthesized by researchers at Rice University could boost medical imaging and chemical sensing applications that depend on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).

An artistically inspired visualization of the 3-D X-ray structure of the cyan fluorescent protein mTurquoise2

New cyan fluorescent protein yields more sensitive cell imaging

03/22/2012 Scientists at the Institut de Biologie Structurale/CNRS-CEA-Université Joseph Fourier have developed a molecule that emits turquoise light more efficiently than ever seen before in living cells, improving the sensitivity of cel...

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