HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 14, 2013 — FEI Co. has unveiled its Tecnai Arctica transmission electron microscope (TEM) for structural biology research. It incorporates sophisticated automation to elucidate the 3-D structure of biological macromolecules and molecular complexes. The microscope’s high throughput and easy-to-use, highly automated work flow minimize the cost of analysis per structure. It can look at virtually any molecule or complex of molecules in a native, fully hydrated state. It is part of an integrated start-to-finish work flow comprising cryo-sample preparation, data acquisition and analysis, and final visualization, enhancing the speed and efficiency of analysis. Its cryo-sample autoloader, automated target identification and low-dose imaging enable unattended acquisition of large single-particle-analysis data sets that are practically impossible to obtain with manual methods. Its streamlined user interface and extensive automation of routine operations and setup procedures lower the threshold for operator expertise. Applications include life sciences, materials science, nanotechnology, semiconductors and data storage.