Bruker introduces high-resolution microscope for research in biological dynamics

At the Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) 2012 Annual Meeting, Bruker today announced the Dimension FastScan Bio™ Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), which enables high-resolution microscopy research in biological dynamics. Breakthrough innovations in the design of the FastScan Bio system have resulted in a fast scanning AFM that allows temporal investigation under physiological operating environments in fluid while exceeding the diffraction limits of optical microscopy. The system also introduces a new user interface making significant strides in ease of use and productivity for biologists. The combination of these and other innovative features on the performance-leading Dimension FastScan™ platform makes FastScan Bio the first commercial AFM that can provide temporal resolution in frames-per-second for live biological sample observations.

“This opens the door for every biology lab to observe the mechanisms of biological machines performing biological functions at AFM spatial resolution.”

"Research equipment to investigate biological dynamics at the nanoscale has up to now only been available to a select cadre of AFM experts," said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., President of the Bruker Nano Surfaces Division. "Now, with FastScan Bio, advanced studies of the dynamics behind protein, DNA, RNA, membrane, cell and tissue interactions is an easy possibility for mainstream biology research."

"We have combined our innovative fast scanning technology with decades of AFM expertise into an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for biologists," added David V. Rossi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Bruker's AFM Business. "This opens the door for every biology lab to observe the mechanisms of biological machines performing biological functions at AFM spatial resolution."

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