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White Confocal

Confocal microscopy has brought a major turning point for the imaging techniques in biology and medicine. In contrast to material applications, biomedical research uses, in most cases, fluorescent stains to visualize specific structures and components of biological samples. Typically, three to five different fluorochromes are used for simultaneous detection. The fluorochromes vary significantly, to match the specific requirements for the given experiment. Consequently, the excitation and emission colors also vary and call for a maximum of spectral flexibility. A series of ingenious inventions has finally lead to a fully tunable confocal microscope. The design concept leaves no spectral limitations, and is hence called the “White Confocal”. It combines a white light laser source, tunable excitation filtering, tunable beam-splitting and tunable emission-detection – with full access to the keys for all colors.

Useful Links

Communities and Web Sources

www.researchgate.net/Social network for scientists

www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=CONFOCALMICROSCOPY&H=LISTS.UMN.EDUConfocal Microscopy Mailing List, University of Minnesota

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

www.microscopy.org/Microscopy Society of America

www.eurmicsoc.org/European Microscopy Society

www.rms.org.uk/Royal Microscopical Society

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

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

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