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M2 EQUITYBITES-10 June 2010-UTSA announces launch of world's most powerful microscope(C)2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) reported on Thursday that the world's most powerful microscope is now up and running in its Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Laboratory following a USD1.2m donation from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation.

The JEOL transmission electron microscope, model JEM-ARM200F, will support the development of new cancer therapies and disease treatments by allowing nanotechnology researchers to see samples magnified 20 million times their original size.

Researchers are already using the microscope to study how to develop optimally shaped nanoparticles that will be placed on a tumour and, using an infra-red laser, how to pinpoint and burn away the damaged cells without harming the surrounding healthy cells. UTSA said that it is also using the microscope to study Alzheimer's disease, to develop new materials and for other applications.

According to the university, the microscope will eventually be accessible to researchers around the world, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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