Change can happen in an instant. However, most laboratories lack processes for continual monitoring of cells prior to, or during, analysis to capture crucial or rare events. Important questions such as “Are the cells supposed to look like that?” and “Have they grown, changed, or differentiated overnight?” are often overlooked or addressed subjectively, compromising the validity and reliability of any experimental observations and, ultimately, the reliability and integrity of your research.
Real-time live-cell analysis is redefining the possibilities and workflows of cell biology. The combination of ease of use, throughput, and non-invasive measurement enables researchers to monitor and measure cell behaviors at a scale and in ways that were previously not possible. Information-rich, image-based measurements are combined with the convenience and throughput of microplate assays. This technology transforms research, accommodating multiple users and applications simultaneously, thus providing a powerful workflow that supports an entire research team. Live-cell analysis is ideally complementary to other cell analysis platforms, such as flow cytometry, analyte detection or RNA/DNA analysis methods, expanding on traditional end-point cell monitoring and analysis methods by enabling researchers to: