The roundworm, C. elegans, a common model in aging research, as seen through a fluorescence microscope. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY

Bio Lab course helps scientists see in a new light



BAR HARBOR — Science professionals and doctoral and postdoctoral students from across the country will gather May 20-27 at the MDI Biological Laboratory for an intensive one-week course in Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy.

This powerful research technique uses fluorescent labels to allow scientists to see cells and sub-microscopic cellular components – even as small as a single molecule – with great specificity. Many scientists, however, don’t have access to the most up-to-date equipment or lack an understanding of the relative advantages of the various techniques that would allow them to match their research goals with the best approach.

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