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Latest Issue
Oct 2018

Nanobiosensors Boost Live Cell Study, Understanding

JUSTINE MURPHY, SENIOR EDITOR, justine.murphy@photonics.com
The inner workings of the human body are complicated, with a comprehensive view of issues such as infection, cancer cells, viruses, and others sometimes difficult to obtain. In spite of such complexity, researchers and clinicians must have a clear understanding of the body’s mechanisms and live cells to ensure the most accurate medical diagnoses, and thus provide patients the most effective and successful treatment.

Justine MurphyTraditional imaging methods — x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and the like — are favorably noninvasive, but can only go so far. Currently in use, too, are live cell imaging techniques based on fluorescent labeling or in vitro immunoassays (among others), making identification of cells and their functions easier for biomedical researchers.

Now, delving deeper into the body, its live cells, and how they all work is becoming increasingly widespread thanks to emerging nanobiosensing technologies that are offering a closer, clearer look inside.

In our cover story — “Nanophotonic Biosensors Expand Live Cell Analysis” — researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne examine recent advances in nanophotonics that are not only improving live cell analysis, but also heightening the understanding of complex biological systems (read article).

Also featured this month:

• Science writer Farooq Ahmed takes a look at the groundbreaking power of smartphone spectroscopy. As it continues to enhance biological and medical applications, it’s also making point of care more effective. See “Smartphone Spectroscopy Takes the Lab to the People,” (read article).

• In “Miniaturization, Increased Resolution Drive Microscopy’s Future,” (read article), Nirantha Balagopal of Edmund Optics Inc. examines traditional infinite conjugate microscopy as well as improvements to finite conjugate microscopy objective systems that are allowing optical testing methods to decrease form factor while maintaining and boosting performance.

• Carlo Alonzo, Ph.D., of Olympus America Inc., compares and contrasts second-harmonic generation and two-photon excited fluorescence microscopy. The two can work well simultaneously in the study of biomolecular assemblies, but differences between them must be considered to establish the best approach. Learn more in “SHG Microscopy Brings Live Cells into 3D Focus,” (read article).

• In our BIOpinion column (read article), Giacomo Vacca, Ph.D., president of Kinetic River Corp. and chief science officer at BeamWise Inc., goes deeper into the persistent divide between “incrementals” — those who see true innovation in the intricate details and careful consideration of a technology — and “revolutionaries” — those who believe drastic, game-changing innovation should come before what they describe as trivialities.

Enjoy the issue!
Mike Wheeler
An accomplished journalist and editor, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonic Media's editorial operations, spanning print, online, and video. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advances in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Chris Bergonzi
Managing Editor Chris Bergonzi has more than 35 years of experience editing, managing, and writing for consumer publications and peer-reviewed journals covering business, management, technology, and science.
Susan Petrie
Susan Petrie is Senior Editor of Photonics Spectra and has two decades of experience with print and digital publications. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Bennington College.
 
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience in newspaper and magazine publishing, marketing, and public relations. She is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics and produces industry-focused 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.
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.
 
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.
Hank Hogan
Contributing Editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing Editor Marie Freebody is a freelance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
 
 
Faroow Ahmed Freebody
Farooq Ahmed has covered the physical and biological sciences for over a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Columbia University.
 
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