Scientists around the world have been studying and mapping the endlessly complex human genome for decades. Life sciences, in general, has undergone dramatic transformations since the first sequencing of the human genome. A wealth of exciting opportunities for research have since arisen and to this day are being aggressively pursued.
While incredible progress has been made in understanding our genetic makeup, there are still many technical challenges limiting our ability to learn more about genetic mechanisms. The most advanced life science vision systems in existence today are helping overcome these barriers.
Life Science Vision System Challenges in Genomic Research
One of the primary challenges in microscopy applications studying the human genome is the speed of cellular mechanisms. Traditional microscopes have an incredibly difficult time capturing images at this level of detail and speed when imaging millions of cells at a time. This has, in part, limited genomic research.
More importantly, almost all microscopy work to date in the research of the human genome has produced fixed images of gene samples. In the past, this has led to numerous discoveries that have been foundational in the understanding of the human genome, but moving forward, they don’t allow for investigations of the dynamics of cellular systems. This also limits research into the human genome.
High Throughput Live Cell Imaging to Study the Human Genome
New techniques in high throughput live cell imaging solve many of the technical challenges of studying the human genome. This allows for genome-scale analyses of live cells, letting researchers witness far more of the cellular processes at the genome level.
High throughput live cell imaging is enabled by automated microscopy hardware that facilitates image capture in high volumes with little to no user interference. Further, advanced image data analysis helps users make sense of the automated images produced. Additionally, ultra-high sensitivity sensors capable of high speed image capture enable more precise imaging in fluorescence applications where minimizing light protects the samples.
The study of the human genome has been ongoing for decades. Only recently has the technology existed to truly observe dynamic processes at the cellular level for the study of genes. High throughput live cell imaging opens up entirely new potential avenues of research into the human genome.
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