The attachment will turn a standard microscope into a biodynamic microscope, which studies a cell's phenotype, or the observable traits that result from how cells in tissues interact with their environment. The technology was created by
Nolte said studying phenotypes can be more powerful than studying only an organism's genes.
"Studying the phenotype means scientists can see how cell samples behave, mechanically and functionally, in the 3-D environment of living tissue," he said. "Cells are mechanical machines, and if you study their motion you can tell what the machine is doing. If it breaks down, you can see how the motions are changing."
Nolte said the NSF Phase I grant will be used to create a prototype of the biodynamic microscope accessory and to place beta versions into laboratories.
"Receiving the grant from the
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