The Son of MOM® (SOM®) is a small, simple microscope designed to allow a single experimental setup to be used for both in vivo and in vitro experimentation. As in our two-photon Movable Objective Microscope (MOM), positioning over the sample and focusing is accomplished robotically. This removes the need for the large translators and stages that normally limit the available space beneath the objective for in vivo experimentation. For example, the SOM would allow for whole-cell patch recordings from neurons in vivo on one day followed by multi-cell recordings in slices on the next.
SOM opens up experimental possibilities that otherwise might be limited by the ever growing space constraints in modern laboratories. The SOM is designed to take full advantage of our free Multi-Link™ software program for micromanipulator positioning.