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Have microscope, will travel: New tech project links Madison, Boston scientists

A portable, shareable scientific microscope nicknamed Flamingo, created in 2018 by imaging pioneer Jan Huisken of the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will make its cross-country journey thanks to support announced today (March 19) by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).

Created in 2015 by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, CZI’s mission is to find new ways to leverage technology, community-driven solutions, and collaboration to accelerate progress in science, education, and its justice and opportunity work.

Huisken’s vision is to redesign a high-end optical microscope — normally big enough to fill an entire room — down to the dimensions of a suitcase, with minimal loss of power or precision. It’s capable of being shipped to interested research partners in a lab or in the field, configured to meet specific needs, then shipped on to the next bright idea.

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