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Super-resolution fight club: A broad assessment of 2D & 3D single-molecule localization microscopy software

By Daniel Sage, Thanh-An Pham, Hazen Babcock, Tomas Lukes, Thomas Pengo, Jerry Chao, Ramraj Velmurugan, Alex Herbert, Anurag Agrawal, Silvia Colabrese, Ann Wheeler, Anna Archetti, Bernd Rieger, Raimund Ober, Guy M Hagen, Jean-Baptiste Sibarita, Jonas Ries, Ricardo Henriques, Michael Unser, Seamus Holden

Posted 04 Jul 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/362517

With the widespread uptake of 2D and 3D single molecule localization microscopy, a large set of different data analysis packages have been developed to generate super-resolution images. To guide researchers on the optimal analytical software for their experiments, we have designed, in a large community effort, a competition to extensively characterise and rank these options. We generated realistic simulated datasets for popular imaging modalities - 2D, astigmatic 3D, biplane 3D, and double helix 3D - and evaluated 36 participant packages against these data. This provides the first broad assessment of 3D single molecule localization microscopy software, provides a holistic view of how the latest 2D and 3D single molecule localization software perform in realistic conditions, and ultimately provides insight into the current limits of the field.

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