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Emerging Markets: Is The Technology Ready??
Proteomics, hyperspectral imaging and image-based security are on the verge of needing advanced imaging solutions for these emerging market opportunities.
by Bob Alu
Life sciences, worldwide security technology and the incredible race to develop new drugs faster than ever before have opened up new opportunities for the electronic imaging community at large. While many vendors have all had visionary thoughts for their own Holy Grail, the importance of looking at the math, physics and chemistry needs to be discussed. The practical realities of new developments for not only the machine vision community, but also quantum efficiency as a new source of investigation, should be open for discussion.
Photo: Ron Oldfield, Department of Biological Science, Macquarie University, (Sydney, Australia) and Nikon Imaging's Small World Competition.
The sequencing of human and other genomes is only the beginning of the quest to understand the functionality of cells, tissues and organs in health and disease. Together with progress in bioinformatics, this development has paved the way to the revolution in biology and medicine that we are experiencing today. We are steadily moving from the study of single molecules to the analysis of complex biological systems, and the current explosion in the number of technologies available within proteomics and functional genomics promises to have a major impact on the way diseases will be diagnosed, treated and managed in the near future.