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Olympus SCALEVIEW Microscope Objectives Earn Microscopy Today Innovation Award

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 8, 2012 – Olympus SCALEVIEW microscope objectives, which allow researchers to see far deeper into tissue than was ever before possible, have earned one of the microscopy field's highest awards. The Olympus 4mm and 8mm SCALEVIEW microscope objectives were judged among the year's ten best microscopy innovations in the 2012 Microscopy Today Innovation Award competition.

The objectives, which also have received other honors this year, help facilitate breakthrough research on the functioning of the brain and other vital organs. Until recently, brain science researchers using light microscopes had to slice thin sections of tissue. Every cut damaged and potentially deformed the samples, and the tissue itself was so opaque that it scattered most light. But with the new objectives, researchers can see up to 8mm deep without slicing. This allows them to see the tangled, complex interconnectedness of the brain much more clearly. Having a better understanding the brainís functioning could ultimately help sufferers with Parkinson's, autism, Alzheimer's, traumatic injuries and more.

The new objectives work so well because they were specifically designed and engineered for use with a revolutionary clearing reagent developed by Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki and his team at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan (results published online in Nature Neuroscience: Hama et al. Aug 30, 2011). Using the objectives and reagent together, brain tissue is made nearly transparent; scientists can now see the brain's interconnectedness as never before.

The Microscopy Today Innovation Awards were established to honor innovative microscopy-related products and methods. Ten equally ranked winners are selected each year on the basis of their importance and usefulness to the microscopy community and their ability to help facilitate better, faster, or entirely new methods of analysis.

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