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Fluorescence Microscopy

Fluorescence microscopy has become the most important physical phenomenon in modern biology and medicine. After a slow start, the possibility of specific fluorescence staining boosted this application in the early 30's of the last century. Around 1950 a second stage was ignited with the invention of immunofluorescent staining. Functional imaging, most prominently by Ca++ probes, delivered the method from the restraint to stick to morphological and structural imaging. The possibility to create living material with targeted expressible fluorescent proteins revolutionized fluorescence microscopy in an unexpected and extensive third stage. Currently, new methods that use specific fluorescent protein-features, are popping up weekly. And last but not least: all modes of super-resolution imaging are based on fluorescence.

Useful Links

Communities and Web Sources

www.researchgate.net/Social network for scientists

www.ibiology.org/Teaching tools, video lectures on biology and microscopy

bitesizebio.comOnline magazine and community for molecular and cell biology researchers

www.somersault1824.comResource for high-end scientific illustrations, images and animations

Search Engines and Data Bases

www.cellimagelibrary.orgPublic resource database of images, videos, and animations of cells

harvester.fzk.de/harvesterBioinformatic meta search engine for genes and proteins

www.gopubmed.comSearch interface for pubmed

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_databases_and_search_enginesList of academic databases and search engines

scholar.google.comBeta of Google's search engine for scientific article abstracts

Journals

www.doaj.org/Directory of open access journals

emboj.embopress.org/The EMBO Journal

www.lifescied.orgCBE-Life Sciences Education – an ASCB online journal

www.sciencemag.org/Science

www.nature.com/Nature

www.cell.com/Biweekly publication of exceptional research articles

jcs.biologists.org/Journal of Cell Science

dev.biologists.org/Development

jeb.biologists.org/The Journal of Experimental Biology

dmm.biologists.org/DMM Disease Models & Mechanisms

www.biotechniques.com/International Journal of Life Science Methods

www.opticsinfobase.org/Collection of Journals and Proceedings in Optics and Photonics

spie.org/x576.xmlSPIE - peer-reviewed journals on applied research in optics and photonics

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1864-0648Journal of Biophotonics

www.plosone.org/home.actionInternational, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication

rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/Proceedings B - the Royal Society's biological research journal

www.microscopy-analysis.com/International Journal for microscopists

Organizations / Institutes

www.microscopy.org/Microscopy Society of America

www.eurmicsoc.org/European Microscopy Society

www.rms.org.uk/Royal Microscopical Society

www.doitpoms.ac.ukTutorials on microscopy for materials science; University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

www.ascb.org/ASCB American Society of Cell Biology

www.biologists.com/cob_activities.htmlthe company of biologists

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