The technique of using microscopes to view objects that are otherwise too small to be easily seen by the naked eye.

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Genomic instability of cancer cells in h&e image

Is there are any books or papers on the topic of visual differences(analyzing H&E microscopy) of high grade cancer cells vs low grade cancer cells vs non-cancer cells? In particular, I am trying ...
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Oral Fordyce spots

This is an image of a Fordyce spot I found on Googling. I don't know how to interpret this image. Is this an image of a single Fordyce spot? Single as in a single spot when viewed with the naked ...
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Why are bacterial cultures necessary?

I notice that in a lot of bacteria testing procedures the sample has to be cultured. You place the sample in agar or another growth medium and wait for the bacteria to proliferate before examining ...
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Examining milk for presence of harmful bacteria

I am not experienced in diagnostic bacteriology and am interested in understanding more about it in the context of analyzing food purity. For example, imagine I have a supply of raw milk which might ...
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Woodland outdoor microscopy advice

Let me start by saying I have never used a microscope outdoors, and in general I have never owned a microscope nor used one regularly. However, I am currently developing and organising some ...
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Needle-like crystals observed in wild-grape wine under microscope. Potentially harmful?

I recently crushed and strained about thirty pounds of wild grapes to ferment into wine. About a month in, I did a visual inspection of the wine under microscope to try and identify some yeast and ...
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Calibrating Motic Camera to Stage Micrometer

Whilst calibrating my Motic Microsope's camera, I am able to calibrate the 10x object lens against the stage micrometer accurately. However when I calibrate (using the Motic 2.0 Plus software) the ...
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Effects of Acids and Bases on protozoa

Why is it that when you pour acid (HCl) on a culture of Euglena gracilis in an aqueous environment the protozoa begins to swell and when you pour a base (NaOH), it maintains its shape? I feel like ...
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Counting of surface bacteria in real time

I'm fairly new to microbiology (okay, I'm forced to look into it for a group project). What I'm looking for is a way to quantitatively get an estimate of the number of microbes (bacteria and/or ...
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What magnification do I need to see blood cells?

If I want to buy a microscope for my kids to be able to view single celled creatures and blood cells, about what magnification is required? A Celestron Pentaview digital scope claims up to 600×. Is ...
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Effects of Fixation on Cell Membrane

Why does fixing of cells with something like formaldehyde disrupt the membrane enough for probes, antibodies, and dyes to get into the cell?
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Binocular microscope use, diaphragm?

I am try to review my scope work, since my proffesor asked me to calibrate all the scopes for an intro class in biology, and it has been awhile since I used one. I googled "Binocular microscope use" ...
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Calculation of final magnification when using a CCD camera

I'm trying to empirically calculate the approx final magnification (mag) of digital images rendered through our confocal microscope. Using a micrometer and the microscopy equipment I have, the ...
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How can I keep pond water “alive”?

I've been preparing wet slides for my kids to look at from pond water. I have a mason jar of pond water. What can I do to keep the microbes in the jar alive going forward so that we can look at it any ...
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What is the magnification necessary to see pond life

My daughter is 5 and wants to learn about Biology. I thought a great start is to see life from pond water through a USB microscope. It would be great if she could see organisms like amoebas, ...
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Where to find gene manipulation video (or photos)

I hope Im not asking a dumb question! Where can i find video of gene manipulation in action under microscope? Like extracting a gene from a cell, fixing gene mutations, putting the gene in a vector, ...
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choice of negative stains in general

I have isolated a large molecular complex whose integrity is very sensitive to increasing ionic strength and thus had to be prepared for EM using low ionic strength solutions. My goal is image this by ...
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Reasons preirradiation of negatively stained and plastic embedded specimens with a low electron dose improve stability to electron irradiation

It is known that preirradiation of negatively stained and plastic embedded specimens with a low electron dose improves their stability to electron irradiation. But my question is why this occurs? ...
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How to increase contrast with only a top entry specimen holder

My question is: If my microscope had a top entry specimen holder, instead of a side entry holder, what additional option(s) should I have to increase the contrast with the same constraint that I only ...
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background extraction in microscope analysis

I have taken microscope pictures for proteins in HeLa cells, in order to quantify the intensity (immunofluorescence). The proteins are both at the nuclear envelope, and in order to quantify the ...
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What microscope/magnification would I need to observe P. Acnes bacteria?

I am currently attempting to grow a culture of P. Acnes bacteria. Right now, my only hope in identifying colonies of the bacteria in the culture is to use a black light to find colonies that glow ...
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How can I reduce the background gradient in phase contrast microscopy?

I'm looking for ways to set up a phase contrast microscope to reduce the brightness gradient that appears across the background of my images. I use phase contrast to find the outlines of cells in my ...
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What Websites Have Image Libraries for Bacteria and other Microorganisms

What Websites Have Image Libraries for Bacteria and other Microorganisms? With age of cell phone microscopes and hand held spectrometers it would be interesting and valuable to be able to compare ...
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Is Zeiss Primo Start microscope worth the price for student use?

I study physics but I have got interested about biology too. Surfing around the web, I have found out that in buying microscopes one needs to decide between the cheaper no-name brands vs. the four big ...
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Does methanol fixation deform cultured cells?

I use methanol fixation (@ -20⁰C for 10 minutes) when performing immunofluorescence assays on cultured cells. Generally speaking, this results in very good antibody staining. However, the cells tend ...
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What are the features on a microscope one needs in order to do lab work?

By lab work I mean urinalysis, blood work(live as well), fecals, cytologies, histologies and all other. I have read(partly) a book(from 2002) on lab diagnostics and the author did not mention ...
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Slicing cell cultures frozen in vitrified ice with a laser for CryoEM

Could a cell culture frozen in vitrified ice for CryoEM be effectively sliced into thin planes and resolved images produced? I was thinking if this could be done to get images from inside a cell.
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Can one use a hemocytometer on a compound upright microscope?

I'm posting this as a follow-up on What to look for when buying a light microscope?. The answerer states that you would need to use a an inverted microscope to count cell in the hemocytometer(counting ...
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Can you find malaria parasites in saliva?

Can you find plasmodium parasites (malaria) in saliva under microscope from someone who's infected? Or it's only in the blood?
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How to visualize the ECM?

Specifically, I'd like to look at changes in HA (hyaluronic acid) production. Most often you only see people staining the cell surface or removing cells from culture for fixation and then imaging. ...
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Can inverted microscope also be phase contrast microscope?

I've read somewhere that inverted microscope also allows phase contrast microscopy. Is that true? Do all inverted microscope have this ability? Do they have any other functions? Many thanks in ...
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What is a good source that will help me classify protists?

I am a 15 year old that enjoys looking at the micro world. The only issue that I have is that I can't find a good online source that will help me classify the name of the micro organism that I'm ...
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Are there any drawbacks to having a fixed-Köhler microscope?

I am considering to buy the Zeiss Primo star microscope. There are two variants: one with so called "Full Köhler" illumination and one with "Fixed-Köhler" illumination. Are there any drawbacks to ...
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How much are phase-contrast and dark-field microscopy used in biological research? [closed]

How much are phase-contrast and dark-field microscopy used in biological research today? It seems these were invented a long time ago, so I am thinking would it be a good idea to learn these ...
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What are the dimensions in angstrom of bacteria? [closed]

I'm going to take a picture of a bacteria but I am unsure how large it is. What are the dimensions in angstrom of bacteria?
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Machine learning for light microscopy — problems to solve?

I would like solve some biological problems that would improve the state-of-the-art of biology or bioinformatics. In particular, I want to apply machine learning on light microscopic images. The ...
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Microscope scale bar

In some microscopic images, there is a bar scale at one of the corners or near a specific object. How are they added to the images? Does the slide have some markers, or are they digitally added? If ...
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Dataset of microscopic images before and after staining?

I am looking for a freely distributed dataset of microscopic images. I am hoping to find a dataset that would feature histological images before and after staining (e.g. H&E or some other standard ...
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Is it true that viruses cannot be seen with phase-contrast microscopy?

There appears to be a lot of material on the internet claiming that viruses can be only seen with electron microscopes, and not with light microscopes. To the contrary, for example this old paper ...
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How to operate a microtome?

In the picture above (Source: Amazon.com, United Scientific MCT001 Hand Microtome) we can see a microtome. How is it operated?
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How are new staining protocols designed for microscopy?

How are new staining protocols designed for microscopy? Is it manual work or does it rely on computer simulations? Say for example I thought the H&E staining does not bring enough contrast. How ...
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What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?

I am a computer science student, focusing on machine learning applications. I have been always interested in biology but I lack any training in it. Now, I had an idea that I could introduce myself to ...
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Can oil be used instead of water in preparing wet mounts for microscopy?

Is there a reason that oil (e.g., vegetable or clear mineral) is not used to make wet mounts in microscopy? I am not referring to oil immersion technique but substituting oil for water in wet mounts ...
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Dyes to bind to double stranded DNA?

Are there any commercially available fluorescent dyes that will bind only to double stranded DNA (not RNA, single stranded DNA etc.) for studying in vitro using confocal microscopy?
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Benefits of CLARITY?

What are the benefits of CLARITY over this technique that was published more than a year earlier? Of course the second technique needs a fancier microscope that is likely more expensive and requires ...
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What's the best way to measure/calculate the size of a light beam at the sample of a microscope?

I am using a microscope with an LED derived light through the epi-fluorescent port of a microscope. I know that the "field of view" for a given objective is equal to the field number/magnification ...
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Mites on ginger root

I was just looking at some mouldy ginger found in the fridge under the microscope and was horrified/delighted to find (what looked to be) mites growing in it. I have searched the web and can only find ...
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What is this image?

What I understand is- I think this is picture of DNA. But why is it in this conformation ? What types of cells have this type of DNA ?
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Looking for raw cell videos from a light microscope

First off, I'm not looking for online lectures. I am trying to find creative commons licensed videos of live cells moving around without annotation or anything extra. I would prefer a few minutes of ...
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Assay for Beta-galactosidase activity in single cell microscopy

I'd like to be able to measure the activity of $\beta$-galactosidase in living cells with simple optical (maybe fluorescence) microscopy. Ideally I'd like to do a minimum of genetic engineering, and ...