The wonderful microscope and its many and varied uses
Incredible isn’t it to think that the microscope dates back centuries, the first ever compound microscope reportedly invented by makers of spectacles in the Netherlands, around 1590. Microscopes have helped mankind tremendously since then and the microscope has become a vital part of many varied and interesting areas of life. Here we look briefly at the some of the main industries they are used in:
Arguably the most important use of microscopes is in the field of medicine. The fact that scientists and medical professionals can look closely at viruses, bacteria and other harmful microorganisms has meant that we have been able to react to their existence by understanding how they work and seek to minimise potential harm to human beings.
No laboratory could function without the microscope. They are the starting point for almost all types of research in that they enable us build up information about cells, microscopic creatures and other structures that we could never otherwise gather. The microscope enables biologists to learn a truly fascinating array of details on any one organism.
Plants, fungi, algae; the field microscope allows plant scientists to study these life forms at source without having to carry samples back to the lab. The field microscope is proving invaluable for research out in the field. The portability of a microscope such as the one developed by Iolight is already proving to make life easier and more productive for professionals who are not necessarily lab based.
TV shows have undoubtedly helped forensics become seen as one of the most exciting areas of science. The practical day to day work though is often spent with just a microscope and not too much of the glamour. That said, the importance of being able analyse samples collected from crime scenes should never be underestimated. The outcome of some kinds of trial often rests on microscopic evidence.