Carl Zeiss is launching
new systems for optical sectioning during the annual Society for Neuroscience's
Neuroscience 2009 meeting to be held in Chicago.
Photograph of neuronal growth cone with widefield microscopy (left) and SR-SIM, staining for tubulin (red) and F-actin (green). Specimen:
M. Fritz and M. Bastmeyer, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.
The ELYRA product family features several new superresolution microscopy methods
and significantly expands the application of light microscopy by clearly resolving
details which previously could not be imaged by commercially available systems.
ELYRA’s high resolution and flexibility will allow scientists to expand
their experimental design to enable study of cellular components smaller than
the diffraction limit.
The new LSM 780 expands the LSM 7 laser scanning microscopy family. This new
system has about double the sensitivity of existing laser scanning microscopes
and allows the study of samples with very weak or quickly bleaching fluorescence
signals. The improved sensitivity can also be used to collect images at higher
The third new product, VivaTome, is a new optical sectioning system created
for developmental and cell biologists to examine the dynamics of living specimens.
The VivaTome is easy to use and provides clear and quantifiable images of cell
structures, tissue sections or living organisms.
With the launch of the new systems, ELYRA, LSM 780 and VivaTome, Carl Zeiss
offers important new tools to allow scientists to expand their research horizons.
The Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting is the largest scientific
meeting of its kind and brings together leading scientists from around the world.
Microscopy and Imaging are key enabling technologies for neuroscientists and
help researchers to better understand causes of such diseases as Alzheimer‘s
or epilepsy, so that one day therapies and cures can be developed.