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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2012 Feb;22(1):138-43. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2011.08.003. Epub 2011 Sep 16.

Light sheet microscopy of living or cleared specimens.

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Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147, USA. kellerp@janelia.hhmi.org

Abstract

Light sheet microscopy is a versatile imaging technique with a unique combination of capabilities. It provides high imaging speed, high signal-to-noise ratio and low levels of photobleaching and phototoxic effects. These properties are crucial in a wide range of applications in the life sciences, from live imaging of fast dynamic processes in single cells to long-term observation of developmental dynamics in entire large organisms. When combined with tissue clearing methods, light sheet microscopy furthermore allows rapid imaging of large specimens with excellent coverage and high spatial resolution. Even samples up to the size of entire mammalian brains can be efficiently recorded and quantitatively analyzed. Here, we provide an overview of the history of light sheet microscopy, review the development of tissue clearing methods, and discuss recent technical breakthroughs that have the potential to influence the future direction of the field.

PMID:
21925871
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2011.08.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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