WScientists of Oldenburg University utilises a new type of ‘robotic microscope’ to automatically record, scan, and document fine tissue sample.

For Prof. Dr. Henrik Mouritsen, a neurobiologist and main user of the microscope, “the sample is automatically digitised, therefore it can be used years later without any loss in quality.” Previously, the scientist might require a longer period (up to months!) to collect and analyse a sample, therefore the microscope will accelerate the process.

He also adds, “With this machine what used to take a month can be done in a single night, and in a better quality than we ever had before.”

Scientists have been using the microscope for a variety of purposes. For example, Prof. Dr. Michael Winklhofer as the leader of the Sensory Biology of Animals utilise the device to observe the magnetic sense of salmon. Also, Neurogeneticist Prof. Dr. Hans Gerd Northang’s team is studying the effects of deafness on the development and functioning of auditory pathways in mice.

Medical student Pauline Loewen (front) and research associate Dr. Lena Ebbers are using the digitizing robotic microscope to study hearing in mice. They discuss their results with Prof. Dr. Michael Winklhofer (left) and Prof. Dr. Hans Gerd Nothwang. (Photo credit: Oldenburg University)

The microscope is available for students and faculty members of the university. It will play an important development in advancing the medical research and strengthening collaboration between professors at university hospitals and professors of the natural sciences.

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