Larabell: The actual business into the microscope is only about fifteen feet long, so it's a lot of tubes getting that light source to the specimen. We have the capacity to look at any cell or tissue up to about fifteen microns thick. The other thing it does uniquely is give us 3D views of the cells and from all angles.
Narrator: While they're currently conducting biomedical research using this technology, Larabell says they can also work on bioenergy projects.
Larabell: You can look at algae cells, for example, and the effects of various manipulations on alage to try to get them to produce hydrocarbons.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.