Smart microscopes capture elusive biological phenomena at high resolution
February 16, 2023 | Biology
Physicist Robert Prevedel designed a microscope that could solve the research problems at European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. The challenge lies in capturing neural activity deep inside a live mouse brain when the organ itself is moving. He said that the deeper the imaging goes, the more distortions occur and building a microscope that is quick to measure and adapt is essential.
Prevedel’s microscope is only one among the suite of smart microscopes that use adaptive optical systems with machine-learning approaches to peek deeper into intracellular structures and zoom into crucial moments to spot fleeting biology. Having custom-built hardware and software components, these are tools that not only produce clear images but are gentler on living systems which allow experts to examine prolonged processes without damaging the samples. All these efforts contribute to the expansion of the reach of microscopy.