This is Science Today. A new robotic microscope
is helping researchers track cells over time - and
without all the tedious counting and analyzing.
Dr. Steven Finkbeiner, a researcher at the University
of California, San Francisco's Gladstone Institute
of Neurological Disease, invented the robotic microscope.
Narrator: Equipped with fast and precise motors - the microscope can zero in on and photograph specific cellular reference points, as the images automatically appear on a computer screen for analysis. Finkbeiner is currently using this technology to study neurons in Huntington's Disease.
Finkbeiner: The remarkable thing is now we can follow these little individual neurons through time and that enables us to figure out what things change first in neurons that lead to a particular outcome, so we can begin to understand what factors are actually prognostic.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.