Close

Search

Search Menu
Photonics Media Photonics Buyers' Guide Photonics EDU Photonics Spectra BioPhotonics EuroPhotonics Industrial Photonics Photonics Showcase Photonics ProdSpec Photonics Handbook
More News
BioPhotonics
BioPhotonics is the global resource for research, business and product news and information for the biophotonics community and the industry's only stand-alone print and digital magazine. Stay current with a FREE subscription, and expand your knowledge of light and the life sciences through our extensive, industry-specific archives.

EDITORIAL COMMENT
Latest Issue
Aug 2018

Deepening Capabilities

MARCIA STAMELL, ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, marcia.stamell @photonics.com
Marcia StamellIn our cover story this month, Katie Heiser and Leslie Kimerling of Double Helix Optics write about a device that integrates depth information with increased resolution. For such work, Double Helix was named a top winner of the first Luminate NY awards. The award comes with a $1 million investment and is sponsored by an accelerator program in Rochester, N.Y., designed to speed innovation and time to market.

The company’s device modifies a microscope so it can extract more data with high-precision 3D information. The method behind it — the double-helix point spread function — already has found research applications in cell biology and neuroscience.

The cover story, “Double-Helix Point Spread Function Delivers Precise Extended-Depth Microscopy,” (read article). It’s one of three this month that discuss technologies that enable tissue imaging at greater depths and with higher precision, opening the way for more complex understandings in the life sciences.

Lensless 3D imaging is the topic of a report by Nick Antipa, Grace Kuo, and Laura Waller of UC Berkeley. The imager produced by Waller’s lab can compute the locations and brightness of a large number of points from a single 2D measurement. It makes it possible to record activity over a large area at sufficiently fast frame rates for imaging neural dynamics. “Lensless Cameras May Offer Detailed Imaging of Neural Circuitry” (read article).

The deep-imaging capability of two-photon laser scanning microscopy is outlined in a third story, from Coherent’s Marco Arrigoni. Coupled with the use of triple-transgenic mice, the technology has yielded some breakthrough results for the research team headed by Friedemann Kiefer at the European Institute for Molecular Imaging. The group seeks to sort out the poorly understood intricacies of the lymphatic system, with the goal of lessening surgical trauma. “Fluorescence Microscopy Unravels Morphogenesis, Function of Lymph System” (read article).

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• Contributing Editor Marie Freebody writes about the progress being made to develop point-of-care devices to diagnose infectious diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Both diseases remain formidable killers worldwide. Portable, noninvasive screening devices promise to save a lot of lives, particularly in low-resource regions where medical testing can be difficult to access or nonexistent. “Point-of-Care Optics Helps Halt the Spread of Infectious Diseases” (read article).

• For our Biopinion this month, Loren Looger of the Janelia Research Campus at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute outlines the advantages of open-source, sharing-driven technology development. This model has advanced life science, especially neuroscience, by leaps and bounds. There is much more government agencies, universities, and investigators can do, Looger writes, to foster ever-more open mechanisms of innovation and dissemination. “Open-source biophotonics is better for everyone” (read article).

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Managing Editor Michael D. Wheeler oversees editorial content for Photonics Spectra, EuroPhotonics, BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics magazines.
Marcia Stamell
Associate Managing Editor Marcia Stamell is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. She has worked for general interest newspapers, the business press and national magazines as a writer and editor.
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. She serves as editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics, host of the Light Matters newscast, and producer of podcasts.
 
Autum Pylant
News Editor Autum C. Pylant is an Air Force Veteran with 10+ years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience. She is responsible for the steady flow of news and new product announcements to web and print and is the producer of the Light Matters video newscast.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
Karen Newman
Karen Newman, Publisher/Books & Courses for Photonics Media Press, has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
 
Hank Hogan
Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy About Us Contact Us
back to top

Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube RSS
©2018 Photonics Media, 100 West St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201 USA, info@photonics.com
x Subscribe to BioPhotonics magazine - FREE!
We use cookies to improve user experience and analyze our website traffic as stated in our Privacy Policy. By using this website, you agree to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them.