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  • Life Science Research

    Leica Microsystems’ life science research microscopes support the imaging needs of the scientific community with advanced innovation and technical expertise for the visualization, measurement and…
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  • Drosophila melanogaster fruitflies perching on the brim of a bowl of sour dough and waiting for their chance. Image Courtesy: Ursula Gönner, Dolgesheim (Germany).
    Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    Visualize developmental patterns in Drosophila

    The marvelous complexity of life is perhaps the greatest source of fascination within the biological sciences. Among the most complex subjects within biology is the development of multicellular life.…
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  • Zebrafish Whole Brain imaging with Leica SP8 spectral confocal laser scanning microscope
    Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    Zebrafish Brain - Whole Organ Imaging at High Resolution

    Structural information is key when one seeks to understand complex biological systems, and one of the most complex biological structures is the vertebrate central nervous system. To image a complete…
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  • Science Lab Topic: White Confocal

    A Molecular Link between Cell Migration and Vascular Disease

    Blood vessels transport vital nutrients and oxygen to all the cells in the body. Guided by a complex signaling network, endothelial cells sprout, proliferate, and migrate to form those vessels. One of…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    Human NK Cell Development Requires CD56-mediated Motility and Formation of the Developmental Synapse

    While distinct stages of natural killer (NK) cell development have been defined, the molecular interactions that shape human NK cell maturation are poorly understood. Here we define intercellular…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Super-Resolution

    Actin-Dependent Vacuolar Occupancy of the Cell Determines Auxin-Induced Growth Repression

    The cytoskeleton is an early attribute of cellular life, and its main components are composed of conserved proteins. The actin cytoskeleton has a direct impact on the control of cell size in animal…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Super-Resolution

    Visualizing Tropoelastin in a Long-Term Human Elastic Fibre Cell Culture Model

    Elastin is an essential protein found in a variety of tissues where resilience and flexibility are needed, such as the skin and the heart. When aiming to engineer suitable implants, elastic fibres are…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Super-Resolution

    P53- and Mevalonate Pathway–Driven Malignancies Require Arf6 for Metastasis and Drug Resistance

    Application example of HvYolution Super-Resolution - Drug resistance, metastasis, and a mesenchymal transcriptional program are central features of aggressive breast tumors. The GTPase Arf6, often…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Super-Resolution

    Mirror-Enhanced Super-Resolution Microscopy

    Axial excitation confinement beyond the diffraction limit is crucial to the development of next-generation, super-resolution microscopy. STimulated Emission Depletion (STED) nanoscopy offers lateral…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    The Bimodally Expressed MicroRNA miR‐142 Gates Exit from Pluripotency

    A stem cell's decision to self‐renew or differentiate is thought to critically depend on signaling cues provided by its environment. It is unclear whether stem cells have the intrinsic capacity to…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    From Light to Mind: Sensors and Measuring Techniques in Confocal Microscopy

    This article outlines the most important sensors used in confocal microscopy. By confocal microscopy, we mean "True Confocal Scanning", i.e. the technique that illuminates and measures one single…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Multiphoton Microscopy

    Correlating Intravital Multi-Photon Microscopy to 3D Electron Microscopy of Invading Tumor Cells Using Anatomical Reference Points

    Cancer research unsing multiphoton microscopy and 3D electron microscopy. Correlative microscopy combines the advantages of both light and electron microscopy to enable imaging of rare and transient…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    "Leica is always flexible and dynamic" - Interview with Audrey Salles, Pasteur Institute, Paris

    Audrey Salles is a specialist for confocal and super-resolution microscopy at Pasteur Institute, Imagopole, PFID, Paris, France. Her research interests are cytokine signaling and skeleton organization…
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  • Science Lab Topic: White Confocal

    Multiple Microscopy Modes in a Single Sweep with Supercontinuum White Light

    Lasers have been critical to the advancement on confocal microscopy, and the white light laser (WLL) offers particular advantages. Finessing WLL output for bioimaging is a complex task, though, and…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    Detectors for Sensitive Detection: HyD

    This article discusses detectors (more precisely: sensors), that are employed in single point, i.e. true confocal scanning microscopes. The sensors in such systems are usually photomultiplier tubes.…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Confocal Microscopy

    Sensors for True Confocal Scanning

    In this article, advantages and disadvantages of different types of sensors for single point true confocal scanning devices are discussed. Traditionally, photomultiplier tubes have been employed in…
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  • Science Lab Topic: Live-Cell Imaging

    Step by Step Guide to Hybrid Detection and Photon Counting

    This tutorial explains the underlying hybrid detection technology and compares it to photomultiplier technology. The implications of hybrid detection design for imaging and photon counting are…
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