The life science field encompasses an array of scientific research disciplines, each seeking a deeper understanding of biological processes that affect living organisms. Research in areas of health, agriculture, medicine, food and pharmaceuticals continues to improve the quality and standards by which we live.
Scientists utilise various techniques to identify, classify and observe microscopic organisms, cultures and materials. Microscopes, especially those that meet the demands of convenience, performance and flexibility, are thus an essential tool in life sciences.
Animal dissection and surgery
By utilising animal models for life science research, scientists can gain insight and understanding about living systems in a controlled environment.
Small animal dissection and surgery are often a routine laboratory practice for life scientists and require a reliable stereo microscope to magnify the area of interest within the specimen.
A researcher could greatly benefit from a stereo microscope solution that not only provides a large depth of field and critical 3D view, but also superior ergonomics for comfort while carrying out surgical tasks.
Vision Engineering’s Mantis and Lynx microscopes have revolutionized the stereo microscope with its patented “eyepiece-less” technology, which greatly improves hand-eye coordination – especially when compared to traditional binocular microscope systems.
The Mantis and Lynx provide very long working distances across a wide range of magnifications, making them an ideal choice for applications involving dissection tools and extended hours of viewing.
When paired with the integrated sCMOS USB camera, the Mantis and Lynx become a modern teaching tool - allowing researchers to record video and capture images to show live procedures over a monitor to students.
Another popular digital solution is the EVO Cam digital microscope – used for a variety of pathological procedures requiring photo documentation.
Drosophila melanogaster under the microscope
Also known as the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster is commonly used as a model in the research areas of genetics, physiology and microbial pathogenesis. With only four pairs of chromosomes, a high rate of breeding, and ease of care, D. melanogaster has served to be a fundamental model in research since the early 1900's.
Scientists often spend long hours utilising a stereo microscope to inspect and sort flies based on genetic variations and mutations.
Since the introduction of Vision Engineering’s fatigue-free “eyepiece-less” microscopes to laboratories around the world, scientists enjoy more comfort and higher productivity and as a result, are now more comfortable and more productive.
The Mantis and Lynx family of stereo microscopes are a perfect solution for researchers who spend long periods of time analyzing a subject. The dynascopic technology allows an operator to maintain a neutral head position and significantly reduces eye strain, while providing optimum clarity and precise three dimensional magnification.
Laminar flow cabinet applications
A laminar flow cabinet, or safety hood, is essentially an enclosed bench designed to prevent contamination of biological samples, or to protect the researcher from bio-contaminants. The cabinet typically has a sliding glass panel through which the researcher will observe the specimen (as you see in the image).
Utilising a traditional eyepiece microscope inside a laminar flow cabinet has been somewhat problematic, often requiring a costly modification to the glass panel, or an unsafe working environment in which the glass is raised too far.
The advent of Vision Engineering’s Mantis and Lynx “eyepiece-less” stereo microscopes, however, have provided an elegant solution for working within the laminar flow cabinet. The Mantis and Lynx microscopes allow the researcher to view the specimen through the glass without any modifications, thus maintaining the integrity of the contaminant free environment and providing ample protection for the user.
More life science tasks…
Research facilities around the world take advantage of Vision Engineering’s leading-edge technology to better improve the working conditions and productivity of scientists on the cusp of groundbreaking discoveries.
Beyond the popular Mantis and Lynx range of stereo microscopes, Vision Engineering also offers a collection of routine microscopes (particularly the DX21, DX41 and DX61 inverted microscope) as well as digital inspection solutions (like the EVO Cam). There are also several software packages available for microscopic image analysis, annotation and documentation.