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21/10/2020

The High Technology Unit installs a new widefield multidimensional microscope

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21/10/2020

With this acquisition, the renovation of the equipment of the Microscopy Platform included in the UAT Strategic Plan is completed, together with the Zeiss LSM980 confocal microscope installed in 2019

Last September, the High Techonology Unit (UAT) installed a new multidimensional widefield microscope, equipped for live experiments, model Thunder Imager 3D Cell Culture, from Leica. With this acquisition, the renovation of the equipment of the Microscopy Platform included in the Strategic Plan of the UAT is completed, together with the Zeiss LSM980 confocal microscope that was installed in 2019. The purchase of these microscopes has been partially subsidized by the Ministry of Science and Innovation/FEDER fund.It is a microscope configured to acquire temporal sequences from live cell cultures, both 2D (monolayer) and 3D (organoids, spheroids) structures. Since it has a high-speed motorized stage, it can also be used for the acquisition of mosaics, that is, the automatic acquisition of different fields to obtain images of large areas of the sample. Despite being a widefield microscope, it allows the visualization of clear details even in 3D samples, since it eliminates the blurred signal out of focus in real time.So that, the Thunder is an ideal system for capturing live samples, since it minimizes "photobleaching" and damage to the sample. This system also has real-time control of all monitored and electronic elements, providing high performance in obtaining images and data that leads to better workflow efficiency. All these characteristics make it unique in the entire Vall d'Hebron Campus.

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