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4 May 17

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Jeffrey M. Perkel, Nature's technology editor, writes an article on smartphone science. The article appears today in the 4 May issue of Nature magazine. The article focuses on mobile phones and how these devices are helping to take conventional laboratory-based science into the field, the classroom and the clinic. 

Among other examples, Perkel discusses the work performed by Julien Colombelli, manager of the Advanced Digital Microscopy Core Facility at IRB Barcelona, who has combined, together with colleagues at ICFO and CRG, the power of smartphones and LEGO to illustrate the principles behind light-sheet microscopy. 

“The 'LEGOLish' system is not a true microscope, Colombelli says — it contains no magnification lenses. But it can image objects measuring 1–2 centimetres, about the size of a mouse embryo.”

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Pocket laboratories (open access)
Jeffrey M. Perkel
Nature (04 May 2017): doi:10.1038/545119a


Nature Jobs blog by Jeffrey M. Perkel: TechBlog: Smartphone science, no programming required

About IRB Barcelona

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).