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Image analysis in fluorescence microscopy: Bacterial dynamics as a case study

Author(s): van Teeffelen, Sven; Shaevitz, Joshua W; Gitai, Zemer

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Abstract: Fluorescence microscopy is the primary tool for studying complex processes inside individual living cells. Technical advances in both molecular biology and microscopy have made it possible to image cells from many genetic and environmental backgrounds. These images contain a vast amount of information, but this information is often hidden behind various sources of noise, convoluted with other information, and stochastic in nature. Accessing the desired biological information therefore requires new tools of computational image analysis and modeling. Here, we review some of the recent advances in computational analysis of images obtained from fluorescence microscopy, focusing on bacterial systems. We emphasize techniques that are readily available to molecular and cell biologists but also point out examples where problem-specific image analyses are necessary. Thus, image analysis is not only a toolkit to be applied to new images but is an integral part of the design and implementation of a microscopy experiment.
Publication Date: May-2012
Electronic Publication Date: 13-Mar-2012
Citation: van Teeffelen, Sven, Shaevitz, Joshua W, Gitai, Zemer. (2012). Image analysis in fluorescence microscopy: Bacterial dynamics as a case study. BioEssays, 34 (5), 427 - 436. doi:10.1002/bies.201100148
DOI: doi:10.1002/bies.201100148
ISSN: 0265-9247
Pages: 427 - 436
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: BioEssays
Version: Author's manuscript

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