3D Movies of Living Cells

26 Mar

Bored of the usual movies available on DVD’s and in theaters? A technique developed by microscope innovator Betzig enables recording of 3D movies. And guess who plays the main role.. yes, it is the living cell. So how does it works? In the field of microscopy, most of the techniques require killing of cells or inflicts damage on the cells being viewed. But the technique proposed by Betzig in his research paper entitled Rapid three-dimensional isotropic imaging of living cells using Bessel beam plane illumination minimizes the damage inflicted on cells being viewed. This technique minimizes the exposure of cells to light (which can damage them) and allows 3D images to be obtained. They were even able to produce a short movie of cell division, one of the main processes undergone by cells, in great detail.

Based on the article:

http://www.gizmag.com/3d-microscope-movies-living-cells/18138/

For further reading, try to browse through Betzig’s paper:

Rapid three-dimensional isotropic imaging of living cells using Bessel beam plane illumination

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