What is InSight?
InSight technology is a unique method for observing cellular reactions in a living organism. The method has been developed by researchers in Rolf Luft Research Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Karoliska Institutet, Sweden. It was first used to study the performance of pancreatic insulin-producing beta-cells implanted into a mouse.
After a completed implantation of cells into the anterior chamber of an eye, the remaining steps of the InSight technology are non-invasive: Molecular reactions in the implanted as well as the surrounding cells are studied in a specifically designed microscopic system.
Although it was first used in diabetes research, the InSight technology can aid any academic or industrial project, which would benefit from direct visualization of molecular reactions within and/or between living cells. For instance, a publication in PNAS from July 2011 refers to implementation of the InSight technology to study immune reactions during allorejection.