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Novel Robotic Microscope can Speed Up New Potential Drugs' Identification

by VR Sreeraman on  December 10, 2008 at 4:14 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Novel Robotic Microscope can Speed Up New Potential Drugs' Identification
A team of researchers from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in America has created a next generation robotic microscope which can be used for high-throughput cellular image analysis to discover new potential drugs.
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Dr. Jeff Price, who led the research team, has revealed that the novel instrumentation utilizes chromatic aberration-the difference in focus between different colours of light in optical systems-to simplify and speed auto-focusing of the microscope via digital colour cameras.

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The researcher believes that the new device can significantly increase the productivity of new medications.

While the existing technology can screen about 20,000 to 40,000 compounds a day, Price says that the novel microscope would be able to carry out over 100,000 screens per day.

That, reckons Price, may lead to a five-fold increase in productivity.

Source: ANI
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