A new automated 3D microscope has been unveiled by scientists and researchers at the Nanolive group, which is capable of visualising cells without damaging them thanks to the software that is able to convert the readings into 3D images with key cell components highlighted in colour.
Watch the video demonstration below to learn more about the new CX-A 3D microscope that is capable of viewing internal structure of cells down to the organelles with a resolution of less than 200nm. The technology was initially developed by Nanolive’s CEO Yann Cotte while he was a PhD student at EPFL. The 3D microscope works like an MRI machine that generates images of cells from all angles using their refractive index. Traditional microscopes require the addition of stains or markers to cells, in order to add contrast and visualize them.
“From now on scientists can look at how living cells function and react under various experimental conditions, in parallel and throughout a the cell’s lifetime. With the new 3D microscope unveiled today by EPFL spin-off Nanolive, researchers can observe the details of how cells operate – all the way down to their organelles. What’s more, the microscope is fully automated and doesn’t damage the cells being studied.”