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$1M Laser-Scanning Microscope Coming To UNLV

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV is getting a new laser-scanning microscope, which officials say might help recruit researchers and will be available to other Nevada students.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reportsthe microscope will be coming to campus next spring. It will enable a researcher to go about one millimeter deep into the tissue of a cell.

The microscope cost nearly $1 million and was paid for through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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It will allow researchers to document what living cells do in real time, as it can take time-lapse images of cells throughout several hours.

Laurel Raftery, a UNLV biology professor, said not having such a microscope hurt UNLV in recruiting top science faculty. She says technology like the upcoming microscope has been revolutionary in understanding how the brain works.