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Making live cell microscopy affordable

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Researchers in Japan have developed a low-intensity light source that allows cell biologists to visualize and handle live cells without destroying them during prolonged exposure. In addition to laying the foundation for new cell manipulations, the development will make advanced biology requiring fluorescence microscopy accessible to underfunded laboratories. Led by Teruhiko Wakayama from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe, the researchers developed an adapter, equipped with a halogen lamp, for a conventional microscope.

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