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New microscope allows scientists to look in at same time

May 8, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
May 8, 2012 by Izzy A. Boncimino via -- Northwestern researchers can now see the view through their colleagues' microscopes from halfway around the world using an innovative desktop video conferencing software developed by NU Feinberg School of Medicine and NU Information Technology.

The software, called iExperiment, allows for open, real time dialogue; researchers have already begun using the program to facilitate collaboration and information sharing. Though researchers previously had to capture an image, upload it to email and wait for a reply, iExperiment eliminates unnecessary steps in the process, allowing instantaneous discussion across borders.

Feinberg Prof. Teresa Woodruff, director and founder for the Oncofertility Consortium at Feinberg, helped spearhead the implementation of the software.

"We merged micro imaging with video conferencing, and this allows scientists in (the Oncofertility Consortium) to contact a researcher in countries like Austria or Brussels," said Kate Timmerman, program director for the Oncofertility Consortium, which partnered with NUIT to develop the software.

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