The fastest camera ever made can automatically count individual cells, processing millions of images continuously and doing it 100 times faster than existing light microscopes. This super-fast imaging system could potentially detect cancer cells lurking in millions of healthy cells, and could lead to speedier diagnosis of disease.
It’s been a big week for the world of the small. In a new microscope breakthrough, researchers have figured out how to use a minuscule sheet of light to produce movies of living cells, revealing mitosis in action and illuminating cells' three-dimensional architecture with the greatest detail ever seen.
By Dawn StoverPosted 11.19.2007 at 6:20 pm 0 Comments
You're looking at a "Brainbow," a microscope image of the nerve cells in a mouse's brain stem. It took first prize in this year's Olympus Bioscapes International Digital Imaging Competition.
Using a technique developed in Jeff Lichtman's laboratory at Harvard University, neurons in this image are colored by a combination of fluorescent proteins. The color allows scientists to trace each neuron's connections to other neurons, and eventually to build maps that will help them understand how the brain works.
Olympus received more than a thousand entries for the contest, which recognizes "the finest images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification and any brand of equipment." Among the other winners were a fruit fly testicle, rat tongue and chicken retina.—Dawn Stover