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LI-COR Biosciences Introduces Near-Infrared Small Animal Imager

LINCOLN, Neb., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Pearl(TM) In Vivo Imaging System for small animal and whole organ imaging offers superior near-infrared (NIR) results in less than 30 seconds. The Pearl Imager is optimized for use with LI-COR IRDye(R) Infrared Dyes, the proven performers for NIR imaging at 700 and 800nm.

"Properly exposed, multi-color images are acquired in 30 seconds," says Jeff Harford, LI-COR product manager. "The Pearl uses laser illumination and dual channel, near-infrared detection for excellent sensitivity combined with the design simplicity of one-button image acquisition."

"Speed and sensitivity are already proven hallmarks of the system," notes Harford. "Beta sites around the world are impressed with the ease of image acquisition especially when compared to other imaging systems." Harford adds that the Pearl Imager provides true NIR imaging using LI-COR's proven dual laser detection technology compared to filtered white light used in competing systems. "For researchers committed to in vivo small animal imaging, near-IR is clearly the best choice."

The Pearl Imager features a compact footprint (16" x 16" x 25") ideal for space-conscious labs and portability. The Pearl Imager joins LI-COR's line up of imaging systems for DNA, small animal, and proteomic research including the Odyssey Imaging System and MousePOD, which also offers researchers a cost-effective approach to in vivo small animal imaging. Additional information is available at

About LI-COR Biosciences

LI-COR(R) Biosciences is a leading manufacturer of near-infrared imaging platforms, analysis software, and LI-COR IRDye(R) infrared dye reagents for genomic, proteomic, and molecular imaging applications. LI-COR pioneered the development of near-infrared fluorescence detection systems for DNA sequencing and today provides systems for drug discovery, protein research, small animal imaging, and undergraduate training. LI-COR instruments for photosynthesis, carbon dioxide analysis and light measurement are recognized worldwide for standard-setting innovation in plant science research and environmental monitoring. Founded in 1971, the privately held company is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, with subsidiaries in Germany and the United Kingdom. LI-COR systems are used in over 100 countries and are supported by a global network of distributors.

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