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The Joy Of Shared Microscopes – 10 Things Which Really Piss Me Off!

The theory behind the idea of having shared microscopes is a good one, but, in reality, this can sometimes mean you have to put up with the dirty habits of your fellow scientists and researchers. And some of your lab mates turn out to be really mucky! Here’s my Top 10 of things which really […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 24th of September, 2013
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Five Tiny Microscopy Pleasures

Following on from five tiny histology pleasures where you (hopefully) created the perfect slide, now comes those moments in viewing and imaging which (almost) restore your faith in research. 1. Free! It’s free! Turning up at the microscope you have booked in the imaging suite to find it both free and clean. I often dreamt […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 30th of July, 2013
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Five Tiny Histology Pleasures

You know – the things which make your day in the histology lab just whiz by as you push forward the frontiers of science! Here’s my top five happy histology handiness; 1.    Molten wax I guess we’ll start at the beginning of the life of a microscope slide and this usually starts with a paraffin wax […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 25th of June, 2013
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10 Uses For An Old Microscope

Following on from our previous article, here are some suggestions for an old microscope (should you happen not to destroy it!). 1. Museum piece Start your own mini scientific instruments museum. Before you know it, you be raking through the old skips and dumpsters at your institute looking for exhibits. 2. Teach kids Teach your […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 11th of June, 2013
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From Bench To Bedside- How Next Generation Sequencing Is Changing The Lives Of Cancer Patients

Next Generation Sequencing is to play a central role in a £2.7 million funded by the Wellcome Trust in the UK. The ‘Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics Programme’ is a truly translational collaboration which aims to take research from the lab bench to the clinic via industry. Testing more genes in more people The three year study […]

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In Genomics & Epigenetics 6th of June, 2013
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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Bitesize Bio have a; -Happy Holiday -Merry Christmas -Cool Yule * (* delete as appropriate) Or, if you don’t celebrate this season in your country, have a productive day and good luck in your research!  

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In Microscopy & Imaging 25th of December, 2012
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A single camera to cover a wide range of imaging needs: Hamamatsu releases the ORCA-Flash4.0 sCMOS camera- now with ImageConductor Connectivity

In the past, scientists may have used different cameras for different applications. For very low-light, high-speed imaging (such as TIRF or spinning disc confocal) an EM-CCD camera would have been used. For other fluorescent applications (such as GFP or multichannel imaging), researchers would have used cooled CCD cameras. But now, the ORCA-Flash4.0 is changing all […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 18th of October, 2012
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The next generation of inverted microscope systems has arrived: The new Olympus IX3 series with intuitive ease-of-use and flexible ‘open access’ light path

A few weeks ago, the BitesizeBio team ventured south to Manchester to hear about the launch of an exciting new ‘family’ of microscopes from Olympus- the IX3 series. For high-end research applications, there is the fully automated IX83. The IX73 is a flexible system which can be configured in manual, semi-motorised or motorised modes. Finally, […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 11th of October, 2012
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Looking Forward to Your Discoveries: Leica TCS SP8

Looking Forward to Your Discoveries: Leica TCS SP8 Ultra-detailed imaging through an integrative optics concept within the configurable confocal platform Following on from the outstanding performance of the Leica TCS SP5 series, Leica Microsystems is once again at the forefront of confocal innovation with the new Leica TCS SP8. Combining high-performance optics, the fastest true […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 27th of September, 2012
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How to Transform Your Images from Mediocre to Publication Quality with Köhler Illumination

You’ve spent days, perhaps weeks or months squirrelling away tubes of preserved tissue in the dark drawers under your laboratory bench like the trophies of a demented serial-killer. Hours have been spent in histology in the processing, embedding and sectioning onto slides. Finally, like a warrior victorious in battle, you hold aloft your thin glass […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 24th of July, 2012