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The Global Challenge in Neuroscience Education and Training: The MBL Perspective

Please check out this wonderful open-access article by Rae Nishi, Director of Education at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Dr. Nishi and colleagues discuss the profound impact of the MBL’s research training courses in transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s leading researchers through an intense and collaborative blend of hands-on training and the highest-level instruction. We are very proud to be long-time supporters of the MBL and their research training courses, sharing the common goal of advancing science.

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Overdue By More Than 120 Years, A Library Book Finally Finds Its Way Home

Most of us have probably had an overdue library book, but likely not 122 years overdue. This NPR article covers how the headmaster at Hereford Cathedral School received a package containing a copy of Walter Benjamin Carpenter’s The Microscope and Its Revelations that was originally checked out of the school library in 1894. Fortunately the library does not charge late fees.

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Researchers Rejuvenate Aging Mice with Stem Cell Genes

Here’s a news article from Science about recent research using stem cell genes to rejuvenate mice exhibiting symptoms of Hutchinson-Guilford Progeria Syndrome – a genetic disorder resulting in signs of premature aging. Activation of just four genes helped ameliorate several symptoms of old age – helping to thicken skin, reduce deterioration of the kidney and spleen, and improve cardiac function.

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Time-Lapse Revealing Surprisingly “Elegant” Water Patterns Of Starfish Larva Wins Nikon Small World In Motion Competition

Nikon Instruments Inc. today unveiled the winners of the sixth annual Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition, awarding First Place to William Gilpin of Stanford University for his video depicting an eight-week-old starfish larva churning the water around its body as it searches for food. Gilpin and his colleagues studied the starfish larva as a model system for how physics shapes evolution, and were surprised and intrigued that a common organism like a starfish could create such an intricate and unexpected pattern in the water.

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Practical Workshop on Advanced Microscopy

We hope everyone enjoyed the first day of the Practical Workshop on Advanced Microscopy held at the Nikon Imaging Center at Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia. Attendees get hands-on experience with many cutting edge imaging technologies, including Nikon’s A1 confocal with spectral detection, N-SIM, N-STORM, and more. The workshop runs through Friday December 16th.

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CryoEM structure of the Methanospirillum hungatei archaellum reveals structural features distinct from the bacterial flagellum and type IV pili

Check out this new article in Nature Microbiology detailing the structure of archaellum using cryo electron microscopy. Archaellum are analogous to bacterial flagella (driving cell motility), but found in Archaea. Researchers at UCLA used CryoEM to image archaellum at 3.4 angstrom resolution, finding significant structural differences compared to flagella.

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High-throughput Compound Evaluation on 3D Networks of Neurons and Glia in a Microfluidic Platform

Here’s an open-access article in Scientific Reports detailing a new method for co-culture of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived neurons and glial cells in a 96-well microfluidic platform designed for high throughput drug screening and personalized medicine selection. Cells are grown in a 3D extracellular matrix network so as to best mimic in vivo conditions.

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FAU Brain Institute Designated ‘Nikon Center Of Excellence’

Nikon is very excited that Florida Atlantic University at Jupiter Brain Institute is now home to the latest Nikon Center of Excellence, one of seven around the world. According to Randy Blakely, executive director of FAU's Brain Institute, "The establishment of a Nikon Center of Excellence at FAU brings a new level of imaging capability to our scientists and trainees, and links our community to prominent cell imaging centers at premier academic institutions and research centers around the world."

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ASCB Tech Talk - Dr. Steven Finkbeiner

We would like to invite The American Society for Cell Biology meeting attendees to join us for a Tech Talk by Dr. Steven Finkbeiner – “Using the Past to Predict the Future: Applications of High Throughput Longitudinal Single Cell Analysis to Discovery”. Dr. Finkbeiner will discuss the utility of Robotic Microscopy for longitudinal single cell imaging and analysis and how it can be used to produce quantitative and predictive models of biology. The Tech Talk will be held Tuesday December 6th in Theater 1, Room 102 of the Moscone Center from 12:00-12:45 PM. 

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Gephyrin-binding Peptides Visualize Postsynaptic Sites and Modulate Neurotransmission

Researchers have developed fluorescent cell-permeable “super-binding” peptides for specific labeling of gephyrin - a marker of the inhibitory postsynaptic density - demonstrating conventional and super-resolution imaging of inhibitory postsynaptic sites for the first time. These peptides also act as modulators of inhibitory neurotransmission. The authors hope to expand the desigin and use of fluorescent “super-binding” peptides to other cellular targets.

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Robotic Microscopy with the Nikon Ti2 for High-Content Analysis Applications

Check out our new application note in Nature Methods discussing how the Nikon Ti2 inverted research microscope is ideally suited to high content imaging applications. The unprecedented 25 mm field of view of the Ti2 (camera port) provides about a two-fold improvement in imaging area over its predecessor, drastically increasing system throughput and speeding up discovery.

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Researchers Put Mouse Embryos in Suspended Animation

Researchers from UCSF and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have succeeded in pausing the development of mouse blastocysts for up to one month via inhibition of the mTOR protein. Briefly paused embryos retained the ability to develop normally. This strategy also worked on cultured embryonic stem cells, inducing a pluripotent state that can last for weeks in vivo. Their research has implications in a variety of fields, including ageing, cancer, assisted reproduction, and more.

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Adaptive Light-Sheet Microscopy for Long-Term, High-Resolution Imaging in Living Organisms

New research published in Nature Biotechnology details a method for optimizing spatial resolution during acquisition of light sheet microscopy data. An automated program corrects for mismatches between the plane of light sheet illumination and that imaged by the detection objective in real time, demonstrated by imaging of entire zebrafish and fly embryos. Imaging was performed using a Nikon 16x water-dipping objective.

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Lasers + Anti-Lasers: Marriage Opens Door to Development of Single Device with Exceptional Range of Optical Capabilities

Lasers and… anti-lasers? Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have constructed a laser that also acts as an anti-laser. A laser emits coherent light - anti-lasers absorb coherent light. A single device that does both may seem paradoxical, but the authors believe the technology may be used to make high sensitivity light detectors, or even photonic integrated circuits. To learn more check out the article.

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See More Than Before with Nikon's Newest Inverted Microscope System

Introducing Nikon's latest imaging innovation- the Eclipse Ti2 Inverted Microscope System. The Ti2 raises the bar for core imaging capability, delivering an unprecedented 25mm field of view, as well as improved stability and usability. To learn more, visit and stop by Nikon's booth at the upcoming Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Nov. 13-16).

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Super-Resolution Imaging of Fluorescently Labeled, Endogenous RNA Polymerase II in Living Cells with CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Gene Editing

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated super-resolution localization microscopy imaging of endogenous RNA Polymerase II in living cells. Labeling was performed using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing to add the photoconvertable fluorescent protein Dendra2. This method can in principle be used to label transcription factors for live cell super-resolution as well. Imaging was performed on a Nikon Ti inverted research microscope system with Perfect Focus. Check out the open access Scientific Reports article to learn more.

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