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Dec/11

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100 Years of Microscopy in the palm of your hand

In the late Fall of 1911, a brilliant German physicist named Oskar Heimstadt invented the fluorescence microscope while working in his laboratory in Vienna, Austria.

Fluorescence occurs when matter absorbs light from one wavelength and emits or radiates light at a different wavelength. Mr. Heimstadt was the first scientist to capture these light rays being emitted from live bacteria.

As a result, his pioneering work has paved the way for the rapid advancement and development of DNA detection, immunology, biotechnology and a host of other modern life-science and biological research applications.

In recognition of this 100-year anniversary, Microscope.com, in partnership with BigC.com, has introduced a new microscope which literally brings the power of fluorescence imaging to the palm of your hand.

The new Dino-Lite AM4113T-GFBW features blue LEDs for excitation and a 510nm emission filter which allows observation of green fluorescence protein (GFP) activity in live cells, a critical benefit to the geneticist or bio-engineering researcher.

It is extraordinary to think that 100 years later, we are able to apply his invention in the palm of our hand at a price of less than $700!” said Charles Crookenden, President of Microscope.com. Indeed, one can only wonder where we’ll be 100 years from now.

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