Smartphones can be used for HD clips on live cell

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London : According to a new study, Smartphones can be used to make high-resolution movies of living cells, without the need for expensive equipment.

Live imaging is a very powerful tool for the study of cells, to learn about how cells respond to different treatments such as drugs or toxins.

However, microscopes and equipment for live imaging are often very expensive. The new study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden makes it possible for laboratories around the world to do the same thing

In the study, old standard inverted microscopes that are very abundant at universities and hospitals were upgraded to high quality live imaging stations using a few 3D-printed parts, off-the- shelf electronics, and a smartphone.

It was shown that the resultant upgraded systems provided excellent cell culture conditions and enabled high-resolution imaging of living cells.