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Fluorescence in situ hybridization signals on human metaphase chromosomes are detected by a near-field scanning optical microscope. This makes it possible to localize and identify several fluorescently labeled genomic DNA fragments on a single chromosome with a resolution superior to traditional fluorescence microscopy. Several nucleic acid probes have been(More)
Investigations have been performed on the dynamics of a distance regulation system based on an oscillating probe at resonance. This was examined at a tuning fork shear-force feedback system, which is used as a distance control mechanism in near-field scanning optical microscopy. In this form of microscopy, a tapered optical fiber is attached to the tuning(More)
Chromosomes, DNA, and single fluorescent molecules are studied using an aperture-type near-field scanning optical microscope with tuning fork shear force feedback. Fluorescence in situ hybridization labels on repetitive and single copy probes on human metaphase chromosomes are imaged with a width of 80 nm, allowing their localisation with nanometer(More)
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