With support from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in 2007, Brody School of Medicine purchased a Zeiss PALM MicroBeam System which is conveniently located in Brody 3E-94. This core area is under the direction of Dr. Mary Jane Thomassen, PhD and the Laser Capture Microscopy (LCM) advisory committee.
The PALM MicroBeam System is a non-contact sampling technique which allows for the isolation of single cells or populations of cells from human or animal tissue sections for recovery of DNA, RNA and protein. Unique to this system is Laser Microdissection and Pressure Catapulting (LMPC), a break-through technology that combines laser microdissection with laser-assisted transfer. This allows target cells to be isolated and removed free from adjacent tissue for analysis without any mechanical contact with the specimen. This results in pure, contaminant-free, and hence, clearly defined specimen material.
The PALM MicroBeam System provides: