Bio&Life Sciences

The Bio & Life Sciences channel features articles and other content that discuss lasers, optics, and instrumentation for the life sciences.


(Image credit: Ji-Xin Cheng’s Lab, Boston University)
Bio&Life Sciences

Next-level virus detection via WIDE-MIP microscopy

Dec. 4, 2023
Rapid and accurate detection of a virus can quite literally make the difference between life and death. With this in mind, researchers created a mid-infrared photothermal microscope...
(Courtesy of Tian Xia and Irina V. Larina, Baylor College of Medicine)
Bio&Life Sciences

OCT-based approach examines human physiology

Nov. 21, 2023
A unique imaging technique could provide a deeper understanding of human physiological processes such as the female reproductive system.
FIGURE 3. 4D image of a dividing cell that was detected by Aivia in a feedback loop with LAS X from Leica Microsystems.
Bio&Life Sciences

How AI and other microscopy advances answer complex life science questions

Nov. 7, 2023
Microscopy enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) will improve life sciences research and development across key therapeutic categories. Promising developments include autonomous...
(Courtesy of MKS Newport)
FIGURE 1. Preparing a blood sample prior to testing.
Bio&Life Sciences

Building precision, accuracy, and speed into the analytical instruments used in health and life science

Oct. 16, 2023
The strategic integration of custom-designed optical components can significantly improve the performance of these vital tools. Here are the critical factors to consider.
FIGURE 1. OCT has allowed clinicians to better diagnose ophthalmic diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes blurred vision.
Bio&Life Sciences

Developing successful optical coherence tomography systems for ophthalmology and dermatology

Oct. 13, 2023
This overview of optical coherence tomography (OCT) recommends systems designers evaluate essential illumination source and optical component criteria when designing these noninvasive...
Bio&Life Sciences

FLIM camera system features a SPAD detector

Nov. 27, 2023
LIFA vTAU is a camera-based system for fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), particularly live cell applications, with up to 100 lifetime images/sec.
Bio&Life Sciences

Spectral detector enables fast spectral FLIM data acquisition

Nov. 9, 2023
The Parallel 16-PMT Spectra FastFLIM is a time-resolved spectral detector with parallel 16-channel digital frequency-domain fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) readouts.
(Courtesy of Gowerlabs)
FIGURE 1. The researchers use LUMO, a wearable, portable, high-density functional NIR imaging device equipped with modular tiles with built-in NIR light sources and detectors.
Bio&Life Sciences

Using near-infrared spectroscopy to help unravel the mysteries of dementia

Sept. 29, 2023
New work by a U.K. team demonstrates a new technique that enables a more detailed view of brain function, which could lead to more accurate and earlier diagnosis of diseases that...
Software & Accessories

Tabletop workstations feature vented hoods

Sept. 26, 2023
Vented hood tabletop workstations are constructed of chemical-resistant, lightweight composites.