TTUHSC opens up a new state-of-the-art research lab

Published: Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 3:05 AM CST
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Technology isn't just changing the way you and I use a phone.  It's opening up a whole new world of science through high tech microscopes that can take a picture and make it 10,000 times bigger than what the human eye can see. That's just part of an incredible tour KCBD took today at Texas Tech, where scientists unveiled their new research lab.

The new 12,000 sq. ft. facility houses more than two-million dollars in state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.  This is the most powerful microscope in the lab, and it's called the N-Storm, which can look deep into a cell to study a single molecule or the tiniest piece of DNA. It's a distinction that sets Texas Tech apart from all the rest since it is just one of three institutions in the country with this kind of research lab.

Dr. Doug Stocco, Executive Vice President of Research at TTUHSC said, "Being able to improve what we do scientifically leads to us getting better data, publishing papers in better journals, getting more grants, talking at national and international meetings with our name on it, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. So all of this will ead to an increase in a prestige of our institution."

This lab also offers a more compassionate way to study animals. After a light sedative, they are briefly placed in this box, so scientists can get images, which identify and color code tumors inside them.

Dr. Stocco says he hopes the faculty at Tech will take advantage of this lab to perform more experiments and lead the way in new opportunities for study and research at Texas Tech.

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