Mother machine image analysis with MM3

The mother machine is a microfluidic device for high-throughput time-lapse imaging of microbes. Here, we present MM3, a complete and modular image analysis pipeline. MM3 turns raw mother machine images, both phase contrast and fluorescence, into a data structure containing cells with their measured features. MM3 employs machine learning and non-learning algorithms, and is implemented in Python. MM3 is easy to run as a command line tool with the occasional graphical user interface on a PC or Mac. A typical mother machine experiment can be analyzed within one day. It has been extensively tested, is well documented and publicly available via Github.

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