Earlier this year, BioTek gave away a free Cytation 3 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader; entrants to the Think Possible contest were asked to determine what research challenges could be made possible by using the Cytation 3. Well, it turns out that we, at BioTek, like to challenge ourselves just as much as we challenge our customers! Today is the global launch of our newest imaging product, the Cytation 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader, and at first glance it doesn’t seem possible that all this instrument functionality could fit into one system! We kept all that was great about the Cytation 3 and added loads of new hardware and software features to extend its capabilities beyond what we previously thought was possible.
From fluorescence, to phase contrast, to brightfield to H&E imaging, Cytation 5 not only offers a breadth of imaging modes and magnifications with its 6-objective turret capacity, but some incredible image-based tools for 3D and complex biology such as z-stacking, z-projection, image stitching and powerful image analysis in our Gen5 software. The instrument can also be configured with filter-based and/or monochromator-based plate reading optics for running a wide range of assays ranging from fluorescence, absorbance, luminescence and much more. An optional laser-based Alpha module can be configured on the system and new tools such as variable bandwidth monochromators and extended dynamic range dramatically increase both the flexibility and sensitivity of the Plate Reader. With a special focus on cell biology, Cytation 5 can also run long-term kinetic imaging or plate reader assays with full temperature and gas control, and can be fitted with optional injectors for inject and read assays. Learn more about these great new imaging features on the Cytation 5 site.
So go ahead and dust off those research ideas that you had dismissed as implausible, pull out your old lab notebook and question again those unanswered hypotheses - with Cytation 5 you will adopt a whole new perspective on what is Possible.
By: BioTek Instruments, Caleb Foster, Product Manager, Development