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automated live microscopy

Saturday 22 October 2011

Fluorescence microscopy is one of the most powerful tools to investigate complex cellular processes such as cell division, cell motility, or intracellular trafficking.

The availability of RNA interference (RNAi) technology and automated microscopy has opened the possibility to perform cellular imaging in functional genomics and other large-scale applications.

Although imaging often dramatically increases the content of a screening assay, it poses new challenges to achieve accurate quantitative annotation and therefore needs to be carefully adjusted to the specific needs of individual screening applications.

See also

- assay design
- large-scale RNAi screening
- microscope automation
- computational data analysis
- imaging-based RNAi screening


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