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Putting advanced microscopy in the hands of biologists

The growth of advanced, custom microscopy has outpaced commercialization, with biologists unable to benefit from these developments. We propose a complementary model for access based on shareable, traveling and configurable microscopes, with potential benefits for biologists, developers and the community.

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Fig. 1: Conventional routes for microscopy access.
Fig. 2: Collaborations across disciplines.
Fig. 3: Shareable, traveling and configurable microscopy.
Fig. 4: Building around the sample.


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We would like to thank the entire Huisken Lab for fruitful discussions on this topic. R.M.P was supported by Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) fellowship (LT000321/ 2015-C; R.M.P.).

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Power, R.M., Huisken, J. Putting advanced microscopy in the hands of biologists. Nat Methods 16, 1069–1073 (2019).

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