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A big step in a small world: developing a lens-free fluorescence microscope

If we think of a microscope, we tend to think of a fairly big piece of equipment with a lens as its defining component. The reality has become more complex though: lens-free microscopy is gaining ground. So far, only bright-field microscopy could be achieved on-chip. But now, imec researcher Niels Verellen has received an ERC Grant to develop a lens-free fluorescence microscope.