Unleashing Optics and Optoacoustics for Developmental Biology Articles uri icon

publication date

  • November 2015

start page

  • 679

end page

  • 691


  • 11


  • 33

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-7799


  • The past decade marked an optical revolution in biology: an unprecedented number of optical techniques were developed and adopted for biological exploration, demonstrating increasing interest in optical imaging and in vivo interrogations. Optical methods have become faster and have reached nanoscale resolution, and are now complemented by optoacoustic (photoacoustic) methods capable of imaging whole specimens in vivo. Never before were so many optical imaging barriers broken in such a short time-frame: with new approaches to optical microscopy and mesoscopy came an increased ability to image biology at unprecedented speed, resolution, and depth. This review covers the most relevant techniques for imaging in developmental biology, and offers an outlook on the next steps for these technologies and their applications.


  • Plane illumination microscopy
    Light sheet microscopy
    Projection tomography
    Fluorescence microscopy
    Localization microscopy
    Stimulated emission
    Diffraction limit
    Resolution limit