The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has unveiled the world’s first super-resolution microscope that shows real time footage of living cells interacting with infectious diseases.


The microscope will allow detailed footage of how the human body deals with invading germs and organisms, giving researchers a clearer picture of how to tackle some of the world’s worst diseases.


Professor Ian Charles, Director of the i3 Institute, said UTS was playing a pioneering role in proving the new microscopy technology in Australia and internationally, both with the predecessor OMX 3D SIM device and the new OMX Blaze. Both systems were developed and manufactured in the United States by Applied Precision, a GE Healthcare Company.


"This new imaging platform is truly amazing. We are at the forefront of being able to actually see infectious disease processes at sub-micron level resolution level, in living cells," Professor Charles said.