Prospects & Overviews
Innovation in biological microscopy: Current status and future directions
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Light Microscopy
Volume 34, Issue 5, pages 333–340, May 2012
How to Cite
Swedlow, J. R. (2012), Innovation in biological microscopy: Current status and future directions. Bioessays, 34: 333–340. doi: 10.1002/bies.201100168
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2012
- Funded Access
The current revolution in biological microscopy stems from the realisation that advances in optics and computational tools and automation make the modern microscope an instrument that can access all scales relevant to modern biology – from individual molecules all the way to whole tissues and organisms and from single snapshots to time-lapse recordings sampling from milliseconds to days. As these and more new technologies appear, the challenges of delivering them to the community grows as well. I discuss some of these challenges, and the examples where openly shared technology have made an impact on the field.