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July 19, 2007...

Tucson, AZ — Photometrics is pleased to introduce the MAG Biosystems Lumazone imaging system, the world’s most versatile and affordable laboratory solution for quantitative chemiluminescence and fluorescence macroscopic imaging of a wide variety of samples, including whole plants and animals.

In order to best satisfy a given application’s imaging requirements, the Lumazone system allows researchers to select one of five industry-leading CCD or electron-multiplying CCD (EMCCD) cameras. Furthermore, researchers are able to choose from three dark box sizes, one of which accommodates standard plant trays. Each fully integrated Lumazone system includes a calibrated luminescence standard that enables the calculation of the exact number of photons emitted from a sample based on the intensity detected by the camera. Customized software and a preconfigured workstation are also included.

The Lumazone system offers exceptional utility for a broad range of ultra-low-light in vivo experiments, such as tissue-specific gene expression in animals and plants; study of etiological agents and mechanisms; visualization of dermatological diseases; investigation of circadian rhythms in plants and animals; cancer biology (e.g., drug treatment efficacy, metastasis studies, preventative drug regimes); and plant development studies.

The new Lumazone system comes in four purpose-designed configurations: manual chemiluminescence (CM), automated chemiluminescence (CA), manual fluorescence (FM), and automated fluorescence (FA). The Lumazone FA system includes a 300-W xenon light source with a circular neutral-density filter, integrated shutter, and excitation filter wheel. The FA system also provides an emission filter wheel, as well as excitation and emission filters for GFP and RFP imaging applications.