A cheap single-molecular microscope has been created. Drawings and software appeared online

Nowadays, similar technologies using the single-molecule method are available only in a few

specialized laboratories around the world due to the high cost of microscopes.

Today the developers have published all theassembly instructions and software required to operate the microscope. The goal is to make the "single molecule method" available to laboratories around the world.

The team of scientists spent a relatively modest £ 40,000 (over 4 million rubles) to create a kit, which usually costs around £ 400,000 (40.6 million rubles).

The microscope is designed with little preparation before use, and the lasers are shielded so that it can be used under normal lighting conditions.

We wanted to democratize the measurement of disposablemolecules to make this method available to laboratories around the world. Now every lab has a plan and software to build the necessary equipment for themselves without spending too much money.

Dr. Tim Craggs, Project Lead Scientist from the University of Sheffield

Many medical diagnostic tools are movingin the direction of increased sensitivity, and there is nothing more sensitive than the detection of individual molecules, scientists explain. In fact, many of the new COVID-19 tests that are currently being developed are working at this level. The new tool is a good starting point for further development towards new medical diagnostics.

The Craggs Laboratory at the University of Sheffield is alreadyused smfBox in her research to study fundamental biological processes such as detecting DNA damage. A deeper understanding of this area will lead to more effective treatments for diseases such as cancer.

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