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U of Manchester researcher develops coating to improve the visibility of microscopic cells


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 6th, 2019

A researcher from the University of Manchester has developed a technology to make living cells and tissues more visible to scientists during analysis.

Thomas Waigh has accomplished this by coating microscopy slides with graphene oxide (GO), which eliminates background fluorescence and improves the resolution of cell images. The coatings are also biocompatible and can be manufactured to cover different shapes and sizes of slides.

“It’s an important breakthrough, as GO is cheap and easy to manufacture in large quantities,” says Waigh. “The GO layer has already been tested with a range of regularly used fluorescent stains, and calculations show that it will work for all dyes.”

UMI3, the tech transfer arm of the University of Manchester, is seeking to license Waigh’s innovation to microscopy equipment manufacturers, companies focused on fluorescent microscopy, life sciences diagnostics companies, scientific instrument manufacturers and optical slide manufacturers.

Source: Graphene-info

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