The frontier of live tissue imaging across space and time

Huang, Qiang, Garrett, Aliesha, Bose, Shree, Blocker, Stephanie, Rios, Anne C., Clevers, Hans & Shen, Xiling

Published: 1 April 2021

What you see is what you get—imaging techniques have long been essential for visualization and understanding of tissue development, homeostasis, and regeneration, which are driven by stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Advances in molecular and tissue modeling techniques in the last decade are providing new imaging modalities to explore tissue heterogeneity and plasticity. Here we describe current state-of-the-art imaging modalities for tissue research at multiple scales, with a focus on explaining key tradeoffs such as spatial resolution, penetration depth, capture time/frequency, and moieties. We explore emerging tissue modeling and molecular tools that improve resolution, specificity, and throughput.

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