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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

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Carl Zeiss to Supply Optical Microscopy Systems to New Research Institute in North Carolina

The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI, Kannapolis, N.C.) has chosen Carl Zeiss MicroImaging (Jena, Germany) to supply its light microscopy and biological imaging systems for the Microscopy Core Facility, making it one of the most advanced microscopy and imaging centers in the world.

Opening this summer, the DHMRI will be equipped with the latest and most innovative technology available for advanced biological research. The visionary billion-dollar research center is funded by business magnate and philanthropist David Murdock, Chairman and CEO of Dole Food Co. The state-of-the-art facility expects to attract leading scientists from around the world to perform cutting-edge research in the fields of medicine, nutrition, translational medicine, drug discovery and nanotechnology. Microscopy and imaging are integral in better understanding the complex models associated with this research, and the breadth of techniques available will surpass that of the most sophisticated facilities.

Available microscopy and imaging techniques at Kannapolis will include the latest in 2-Photon Microscopy, Laser Scanning Microscopy, Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy, High Content Cellular Screening, Laser Micro Dissection, Epi-Fluorescence Microscopy and many other modes of stereo and compound light microscopy. The DHMRI will be among the first institutions in the world to take delivery of the new LSM 710 Confocal Microscopes, further ensuring their position at the forefront of imaging technology. Special care has been taken to ensure that the capabilities of the facility will meet the most diverse imaging requirements ranging from extremely low abundance fluorescence detection, to ultra high-speed wide-field fluorescence and confocal imaging, to extremely long-term live cell imaging. To ensure optimum training and support for the researchers during the challenging start-up phase, Carl Zeiss will place a full-time consultant on campus to offer support.

In addition to cutting-edge research, the campus will provide Education and Public Outreach programs. High school and university students from Kannapolis will be able to interact with internationally renowned scientists to learn about both nutrition and advanced research techniques. In keeping with Murdock's philanthropic initiatives, Carl Zeiss and the DHMRI have agreed to partner to offer microscopy and fluorescence imaging courses for light and confocal microscopy at the facility. The goal is to teach tomorrow's researchers basic principles of microscopy and expose them to the latest research techniques. These courses also will be open to the North Carolina research community.

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