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Science  06 Mar 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5919, pp. 1367
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5919.1367a

Vibration Isolation Workstation

The 2800 Series LLHP is an ultra-low-frequency vibration-isolation workstation for equipment that weighs in the 100-pound range, with a 200-pound maximum. The system features proprietary trifilar pendulum mounts and Active-Air suspension to provide horizontal axis vibration isolation that outperforms other mechanical systems, and a high level of vertical axis isolation. The 2800 Series tabletop is 30 inches square and 2 inches thick. Its ergonomic design incorporates automatic leveling and low natural frequencies (1.1 Hz along the horizontal axis and 1.4 Hz along the vertical axis). The workstation can achieve vertical isolation efficiency of 96% and horizontal isolation efficiency of 97% (at 10 Hz and above). Suitable for supporting instruments such as atomic force microscopes and analytical balances, it can be configured for Class 100 clean-room compatibility.

Kinetic Systems Inc.

For information 617-522-8700

http://www.kineticsystems.com/

Living Cell Measurement

The AxioVision Physiology software module enables image capture with a camera and the measurement of physiological parameters in living cells both during microscopic observation (online) and afterwards (offline). The software documents both the images and all the major steps of the experiment and makes them available together with the measurement data. The software is mainly for physiologists, cell biologists, neurobiologists, and electrophysiologists who determine calcium concentrations or pH values through ratiometric calculation of fluorescence images after the addition of indicators such as Fura-2 or Indo-1 (emission or excitation ratio imaging). The AxioVision physiology module makes it just as easy and reliable to measure the change in fluorescence intensity over time-particularly of fluorescent proteins-and to analyze the interaction of proteins using the fluorescence recovery energy transfer method.

Carl Zeiss

For information +49 (0) 3641 64-2770

http://www.zeiss.de/

Slide Loader System

The PL-200 is an innovative, high-speed automated slide loading system designed to be compatible with a wide range of microscopes and suitable for a variety of high-throughput microscopy applications. The PL-200 features a space-saving rotating arm design combined with a multiple sensory-based gripper system to interface Prior Scientific's ProScan II series of motorized stages to ensure a safe and reliable high-speed slide transfer routine. System stability is built-in by the presence of a rigid, common baseplate for both the slide loader and the microscope, which minimizes vibration and provides a solid connection between the two. The PL-200 has a 200-slide capacity accommodated in four removable slide racks that house 50 slides each. An optional barcode reader can be calibrated to read one-dimensional and two-dimensional barcodes.

Prior Scientific

For information 781-878-8442

http://www.prior.com/

Imaging Systems

The Leica MM AF imaging systems combine Leica's microscopy with MDS Analytical Technologies' MetaMorph software to provide a comprehensive range of solutions for wide-field imaging in life sciences research. The new product line offers tightly integrated systems in which ease of use and optical performance give researchers an efficient platform for many types of imaging experiments. An integrated journaling capability allows flexible customization of the platform for virtually any imaging application.

Leica Microsystems

For information +49 (6441) 292550

http://www.leica-microsystems.com/

Custom Conjugation Services

The Kodak X-Sight Nanospheres and Large Stokes Shift Dyes line now features custom conjugation services. The services include labeling of proteins, peptides, and antibodies with the company's fluorescent nanoparticles and dyes, which enable researchers to conduct in vitro and in vivo imaging experiments using some of the brightest imaging agents on the market. The process can be complex and time-consuming for those unfamiliar with it and some biomolecules can be difficult to label; the new services are performed by scientists using cutting-edge techniques that enhance and standardize the performance of the conjugated biomolecule.

Carestream Health

For information 877-747-4357

http://www.carestreamhealth.com/

Cell Observer

The Cell Observer SD (spinning disk) microscope system enables confocal observation and documentation of experiments on living cells over a long period of time and with high frame rates. Through the integration of the Yokogawa Electric Company's CSU-X1 confocal scanning unit with Carl Zeiss products, the system offers a one-stop solution. The system features confocal imaging of very fast processes with optimum specimen protection and without bleaching effects, which is particularly helpful in examining the fast, dynamic processes of molecular cell biology, developmental biology, and neurobiology. Incubation accessories enable users to observe living specimens for hours without damaging them. Major incubation parameters, such as temperature and carbon dioxide content, can be saved automatically along with the image data.

Carl Zeiss

For information +49 (0) 3641 64-2770

http://www.zeiss.de/

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