Titan Krios gives the Institut Pasteur a closer look at life

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The Institut Pasteur's new Titan Krios™ (Thermo Scientific™ Krios™ Cryo-TEM), from Thermo Fisher Scientific is an industry-leading electron microscope with advanced capabilities. It was officially unveiled today, July 12, 2018. With the Titan Krios™, biological structures and phenomena such as viruses, cell components and protein complexes can be visualized with an unprecedented level of detail. The Titan Krios™ microscopy system facilitates ultra-high-resolution observation of the most fragile samples in near-natural conditions, thanks to the use of cryogenic techniques. When linked with a highly sophisticated camera system, the imaging under cryogenic conditions provides outstanding three dimensional imaging possibilities with new levels of precision. By acquiring Titan Krios™, the Institut Pasteur is offering its scientists an extraordinarily powerful tool to observe cells and get a closer look at life.


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The Titan Krios™ system (Thermo Scientific™ Krios™ Cryo-TEM) installed at the Institut Pasteur stands 4 meters tall. It is one of the largest and most powerful microscopes in the world in an urban area. To house the microscope and provide optimal usage conditions, a new building was needed that would fulfill a number of requirements with regard to electromagnetic fields, temperature, humidity, vibrations and nitrogen flow.

The Institut Pasteur was determined to overcome the huge challenges involved in installing this microscope in an urban environment so that it could help advance research in areas such as neurodegenerative diseases, pathogens and cancer.

For the Institut Pasteur, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, the acquisition of the Titan Krios™ microscope, its installation in a dedicated facility and the recruitment of experts specializing in cryo-electron microscopy demonstrate its ambition to remain at the forefront of innovation for health.




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