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New generation microscopes helps to observe living cells in greater details, opens new possibilities in biology

cjmagowan  —  1 year ago ( Aug 22, 2017 )    |    News, Science, Technology

In the world of biology and medicine, Confocal microscopes enables biologists to observe cell division in real-time and is the main instrument to observe this and other activities of cells, however in having so, observed cells under this device tend to die after a short while due to photo-toxicity. that’s because Confocal microscopes are equipped with lasers that are there to focus on the cell/s being observed but the amount of heat produced by the light hitting these cells are like a million times that of sunlight.

With this intensity of light, any cell activities are disrupted as the cell dies. Thankfully, technology advancements over the years has turned a team of researchers from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) led by Dr. Du Shengwang and Prof Michael Loy to developed a new generation of microscopes called LiTone Line Bessel Sheet (LBS) microscope.

The new microscope can produce more than the amount of details from a living cell but is 1000 times less photo-toxic than Confocal microscopes. It is also a thousand times faster than existing devices. This would allow biologists and scientists to observe cell activity in a greater detail and longer than previous technologies.

With this advancements, scientists involved in research can easily view cells from their normal activity up to the point where they’d become abnormal and give us a better perspective on how certain diseases like cancer are formed from normal cells.