Mounting diodes inside standard microscope objectives promises faster and more efficient research in cutting-edge cell biology.

Cell biology research, particularly studies of stem cells and fertility treatments, is a numbers game. Laboratories must create, analyze, modify or discard cell cultures containing perhaps millions of cells as efficiently as possible, to avoid bottlenecks in the workflow.

Lasers could have a major role to play, and the use of laboratory-scale sources in cell research programs is set to expand dramatically, according to Hamilton Thorne. The Beverly, Massachusetts, supplier of laser instruments for regenerative medicine and fertility studies believes it has found the best way to put laser tools into the hands of researchers in a practical and economic manner.

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