Techniques / Microscopy & Imaging

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Spectral Unmixing in Fluorescence Microscopy

When we are doing a double labelling, it makes good sense to choose two fluorophores with spectra widely spaced apart to avoid mixing. Why combine GFP with Rhodamine, when you can combine it with Texas Red?
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Multifocal Structured Illumination Microscopy: The Fast Food of Super-Resolution Techniques

While most of us have heard of super resolution microscopy, many of you may not have heard of MSIM, or Multifocal Structured Illumination Microscopy. This under-the-radar imaging technique is relatively quick,...
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Resolving your Noise Complaints – the Basics of Signal/Noise Ratio in Microscopy

The resolution of any microscope is related to the numerical aperture of the lens and the wavelength of light used to form the image, and can be calculated using Abbe’s law (read more about Abbe’s law...
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What Lipid Bilayers Can Do For You

We have to rely on artificial systems to test our hypotheses and often have to come up with original set-ups to investigate specific problems. One of these creative inventions is the use of supported lipid bilayers.
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The Key to Unlocking DNA from FFPE Tissues

Formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissues are valuable samples that typically come from human specimens collected for examination of the histology of biopsies for the detection of cancer. But each...
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Bright Minds: Overcoming Autofluorescence in Human Brain Samples

The human brain autofluoresces - a funny thought next time you see a cartoon character with a bright idea and a light bulb over his head - but not so funny if you are attempting immunofluorescence analysis. But...
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Immunoscience or Immunoalchemy?

First of all let me say the technique of labeling tissues (immunohistochemistry, IHC), and cells (immunocytochemistry, ICC) is indeed immunoscience NOT alchemy, though at times it may certainly seem like...
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Getting Started with Raman Spectroscopy: What You Need to Know

Are you an assiduous biologist who prefers label-free imaging methods for biological samples analysis? Raman spectroscopy offers you a wonderland of imaging technique with unlimited benefits. To start with,...
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Introducing Aptamers for Super Resolution Microscopy

What do you use if antibodies are too large for super resolution microscopy? Aptamers. These are small affinity reagents (~ 2 nm!) that interact with their target in the same way as an antibody, but without the hefty backbone attached.
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Tips for Taking Immunofluorescent Images for Your Next Paper

Taking publication quality immunofluorescent images of can be a very time intensive, and frustrating process with hours spent capturing, processing, and putting the images into final figure format. And, if you...
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