Eliminating fungal infections with the help of ZEISS microscopes
Fungal infections are highly dangerous – and sometimes even life-threatening. For the last four
years, scientists from Jena and Würzburg have been investigating the mechanisms of fungi at the Transregional Collaborative Research Center, FungiNet, which is sponsored by the German Research Association (DFG). The facility also uses ZEISS microscopes. Dr. Axel Brakhage provides some insights into his work.
ZEISS microscopes support assisted reproductive technologies
In an average class of 30 children, there is one child who was not conceived naturally. Today, there are several assisted reproductive technologies that can help couples unable to conceive naturally to have the baby they so desire. In addition to conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves spontaneous fertilization in a glass petri dish, there is also intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which involves injecting a single sperm into the prepared egg cell under a microscope using a micromanipulator.
Looking inside structures of failed devices and finding out why they failed
ZEISS light, electron and ion microscopes are used throughout the manufacturing process for 2D and 3D surface imaging, to measure volumes just as well as linear dimensions or cross sections. Another common use for 3D imaging is failure analysis. Chip manufacturers use ZEISS technology to look inside structures of failed devices for clues to why they failed, helping to create more stable and reliable products for the future.
Research reveals meteorites found in Sudan in 2008 are remnants of lost planet
Using ZEISS FIB-SEM technology, Swiss, French, and German scientists observed fragments of a meteorite that crashed into Earth more than a decade ago. They discovered it contained tiny gems that formed deep inside a lost planet from the early days of the solar system at least 4.55 billion years ago.
Process optimization and improved output with ZEISS microscopes
There is a wide range of potential applications for industrial 3D printed metal parts. The complex procedure of additive manufacturing can be optimized by detailed analysis of materials and processes. Microscopy and metrology solutions from ZEISS provide companies like Oerlikon with a more in-depth understanding of upstream and downstream 3D printing processes and enable their close monitoring.
Defect analysis of components situated in engines and gears
Audi’s quality assurance department checks various components for faults on a daily basis. The team benefits from the ZEISS AURIGA field emission scanning electron microscope, which enables analyses in the sub-micrometer range. Users benefit from the 3D imaging and analysis capabilities of the GEMINI electron column and the processing and sample preparation ability of a focused ion beam.
Dr Richard Kirby studies marine life
The passion of marine scientist Dr Richard Kirby is to bring the secret world of plankton nearer to us all. He uses his ZEISS Axio Zoom.V16 zoom microscope with 1x and 2.3x Plan Neofluar objectives to capture images and movies with highest quality from these minuscule creatures that float and roam the biggest ecosystems on our planet – the oceans.
Stereo microscopes for teaching future ophthalmologists
Ophthalmologists require years of training and continuous practice to successfully master the skills needed to perform ophthalmic surgery. Development of the fine motor skills and getting a feel for the ocular tissues are crucial parts of simulated ocular surgery training. Over the last ten years, a combination of high fidelity model eyes, which replicate the look and feel of the human eye and Virtual Reality simulators, have enabled trainees to develop these skills away from patients and demonstrate their competence before they perform live surgery. ZEISS Stemi 305 stereo microscopes now form an integral part of the pan-European training initiative John Ferris, Head of the School of Ophthalmology in the South West of England, is running with the French based pharmaceutical company Thea. Over the last 12 months, they have run eight large surgical workshops in the UK, Spain, France and Holland, with more planned for 2018.
ZEISS Primo Star microscopes for Lyon College
For 25 years, Mark Schram, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, USA, had one dream: to equip an entire biology lab with new microscopes and related software. Thanks to the generous donations of college supporters who share his dream, ZEISS was able to equip the Lyon College biology department with 24 ZEISS Primo Star microscopes last month. Lyon’s biology professors use the instruments to teach a number of courses, including Principles of Biology II, Genetics, Microbiology, and Histology.
Oberonia aureolabris – a new addition to the world of orchids
Daniel L. Geiger, Curator of Malacology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, recently discovered and named a new orchid species. In addition to macrophotography, he used light, stereo and electron microscopes from ZEISS. One of the distinguishing characteristics is the golden-orange color of the flower. And that is how he came up with the name for the species: ‘aureo’ (Latin for golden) and ’labris’ (Latin for lip): Oberonia aureolabris.