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DIY Fluorescence Microscope uses 3D Printed Parts and Smartphone Camera

DIY Fluorescence Microscope uses 3D Printed Parts and Smartphone Camera

Written by David

November 25, 2018

It’s possible to build your own low-cost fluorescence microscope – just ise either a USB microscope or a DSLR with 3D printed parts and follow the tutorial from maker Jonathan Bumstead. Who hasn’t wasted time in science class, staring into a microscope at the grossest thing they could find in the classroom? Microscopes found in high school usually result in bright-field image results. But, you may have come across fluorescence microscopy too. This works by labelling specific structures in a sample with fluorescent dyes. Only cells treated with dye light up so you can clearly see only what you want to study. However, fluorescence microscopes are typically very expensive to buy. Thankfully, Jonathan Bumstead, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University in Saint Louis, has a 3D printing method which will enable any biohacker with access to a printer the ability to create a DIY fluorescent microscope. This DIY approach […]

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