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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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Structure inside Virus [closed]

I always wondered how do scientist determine internal structure of a virus or prion. A virus itself is couple of nm of size, how do they dissect it, and know what DNA, RNA or lipid lie inside it? Can ...
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Transmitted electrons in TEM

When some electrons of the electron beam pass through the specimen, what exactly happens after that in order to produce the black white image? What I understand is that electrons transmitted collide ...
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How to obtain raphides from plants?

I recently found out that certain plants produce needle-shaped crystals called raphides. I am a physicist and I have an experiment in mind that could use these needles, but I would need to extract ...
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Is a wet-mount needed to use Immersion Oil?

When I prepare my slide to use immersion oil, do I really need to wet-mount the specimen? Can I do it with just the coverslip? I am preparing fungus spores. Using water for the wet-mount gives you ...
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Nuclear vs Cytoplasmic Fluorescence [closed]

When staining transciption factor proteins with fluorescent antibodies (Alexa, etc.), why are the fluorescence signals stronger in the nucleus as compared to fluorescence signals in the cytoplasm (in ...
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Contrast Media for Plant cells

I currently have a waterweed (elodea) preparation for my optical microscope but i can only see some of the structures (membrane, wall, chloroplasts and the nucleus). Now I want to see more (Like the ...
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Does the Rayleigh formula apply to electron microscopes or only light microscopes?

I am asked to determine the resolving power of both a TEM (transmission electron microscope) and a SEM (scanning electron microscope) and given the Rayleigh formula below. $$Resolution=\frac{0.61\...
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Water sample preservation

I am taking my students to collect water samples from different bodies of water. These bodies of water include the local river, a park pond, and water accumulation from recent rain. Once we gather the ...
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What renders a cytoplasm basophilic?

I know that being basophilic or acidophilic corresponds to affinity to certain dyes used in microscopy. What i want to know is what characteristics of the cytoplasm can we infer from its basophilic ...
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Star-like organism seen in microscope

I found this strange star-like thing while observing a slide of onion root somatic cells. I don't know that it is; I even doubt if it is an organism. It has conical arms directed radially outwards ...
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How does Line Integrate work on a laser scanning confocal microscope?

Most microscope software provides options for line average or line integrate as a function that helps the signal to noise ratio when taking an image. The math behind line average seems straight ...
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Can I use a basic compound microscope to analyze the ploidy of plant chromosomes?

So, I'm not really any kind of trained botanist. But I do have two things: some dandelion seeds from France, and, collecting dust in my garage along with related accessories, this thing. Normally, ...
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What does “dissection-based microscopy” mean as described here, and how can it give genetic information?

The Phys.org article 'DNA microscopy' offers entirely new way to image cells references the new Open Access paper in Cell DNA Microscopy: Optics-free Spatio-genetic Imaging by a Stand-Alone Chemical ...
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Microscope image keeps showing up as background

I’m using Axiovision on a Zeiss Axiocam to look at histology slides under brightfield. There is an unexplained pinkish image that keeps showing even with the light path closed. It’s there in the ...
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Quick overview of how to capture microscope images of histology plate or fluorescent plate

I am looking at these two: I would like to DIY take photographs of plant and animal cells using a cheap microscope such as this: I don't know too much about microscopes or the techniques to do the ...
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Could someone identify these microorganisms on microscope?

I'm new in this StackExchange forum, so I don't know if this is an appropriate question. Can someone please help me recognize these micro-organisms on these photo taken with my phone during my ...
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Microscope Recommendations

I am a Engineering University student, in my last year of completion of my degree. I had interests in biochemistry and biology since I was a kid, and been learning about that side by side in my spare ...
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single microtubule filament tracking

what are the different microscopy techniques used to image single microtubule filaments? How is single filament tracking possible by Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRF) and ...
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Why are Barr Bodies usually seen along the edge of the nucleus under the light microscope?

We do a typical class exercise of aceto-orsein staining of buccal epithelial cells from female students to visualize Barr bodies under the light microscope. All the illustrations and pictures in the ...
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Which eukaryotic cellular structures can be resolved by 400x light microscopy

I am wondering which eukaryotic (plant or animal) cellular structures can be resolved by 400x light microscopy (no fluorescence) using standard stains. It appears to me that most smaller compartments ...
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What's the percentage of zoom needed to see protozoa in an optical microscope?

I was searching for a microscope and I saw some with prices of over 10.000$. However I need to buy one that can actually show me the cells of a culture I am growing at home, and I really need to know ...
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fimbriae under AFM

Can any one,please, recommend a protocol for watching bacteria with fimbriae under atomic force microscope? I have tried a lot but always there were no fimbriae i don't know why.
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Is it possible to identify this microscopic particle?

So I was playing amateur scientist with my 11 year old. This photograph is from rainwater in a bird-feeding bowl in south England, at 300x. It looks biological, but I have no idea what this is. Is ...
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What do the text annotations in an electron micrograph mean?

I saw a photograph taken from an electron microscope, with some text. I want to know what is the meaning of these numbers and letters? Thank you! Regards.
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Simple and inexpensive geobiochemical studies [closed]

I plan to write a research proposal for conducting a small experiment related to geobiochemistry. I aim to make the experiment: 1) Simple (middle school aged students could comprehend its main ideas),...
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Is it normal to see yeast cells stacked in the Z axis when counting yeast?

I just got started with yeast cell counting and was surprised to observe yeast cells that are at different z axis depths at 400x. That is, by adjusting the focus (not the x/y stage) I can make some ...
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How are light sheet microscopy 3D images and their computed sections built up from stacks of 2D images?

The iBiology Techniques video Microscopy: Dual-View Inverted Selective Plane Illumination (diSPIM) (Hari Shroff) describes light sheet microscopy and the improvement in resolution by introducing dual-...
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Killing microorganisms on agar plates?

If I grow microorganisms on agar plates and I expose them to UV light. How exactly will I know that the microorganisms have been killed? I was watching a video that showed spots in the petri dish ...
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Does cheese contain cells of animal stomachs?

When cheese is made with calf rennet, is it possible that the cheese contains cells of this calf (stomach)? Dried and cleaned stomachs of young calves are sliced into small pieces and then put into ...
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What does “dissipated” mean here?

This is the context: You know cardiac muscle cells are small cells relative to skeletal muscle cells, but unlike skeletal muscle cells that are arranged in parallel and their contraction is ...
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Do different microscopes and attached cameras differ in crop factor between each other?

I analyzed a bunch of microphotographs recently and used "% of image area" to describe the area of structures (chorionic villi, had to show their density in placenta). However my professor suggested I ...
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Sample suggestions for phase contrast microscopy

I am a non-bio student working on an academic paper recently and would like to have some sample preparation for phase contrast microscope. For it to work, I imagine the sample to be: Transparent; ...
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Microscope parameters for whole blood alalysis

I wonder, what are the minimum requirements for a microscope for blood cell analysis. I'm interested in: -Counting erythrocytes -Counting and differenciating all typed of leucocytes -Counting of ...
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What can I see with a microscope at what magnifications?

I'm 26 and where I grew up the schools were complete crap so I've never really used a microscope much or learned much about them. And I want to learn some science and look at some microscopic things, ...
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Antibody staining

I am staining tissue sections and I did a mistake, I was supposed to have mixed 3 primary antibodies but I stained only with one of them. After the 1h incubation I washed 10 min with PBS and then I ...
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Comparison between Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) to Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Can someone state the advantages of Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) over Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and vice versa?
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Why shouldn't I clean microscope slides with a paper towel?

I've recently bought a microscope and been looking at a lot of bacteria and such, and have quickly run out of clean slides. I've seen videos and articles saying how you shouldn't clean microscope ...
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Identification of protozoa under microscope

I observed maybe Protozoa from standing FRESH water and from slowly flowing FRESH water. I am complete dilettante. Can you tell what these creatures are? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D5ck3zNJzA&...
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Minimum hardware and knowledge to study effects on live cells [closed]

I'm very interested to study the effects (or reactions) of different forces (magnetic fields, electric fields, etc) on living tissues/cells. I know I have to have a living cell, the force applied and ...
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Can you use a microscope without an eyepiece? [closed]

Can you use a microscope without an eyepiece?
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Scanning Electron Microscope images of wheat grains

I took SEM images of wheat grains but I see some granular particles on its surface and I don't understand what they are? Is it some kind of deformation of the bran layer due to drying? Or is it the ...
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Why there is no fluorescent light from my DAPI-stained Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Pollen?

I currently work with fluorescence microscope to observe generative and vegetative cells within hibiscus rosa sinensis pollen. I used DAPI to stain pollens but there is no light that indicate the ...
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Where do i find microbes like tardigrades in winter

Just bought a microscope and i want to see microbes like tardigrades. Where should i look? I have found many bacteria and what seems to be motionless single celled organism. I want to see movement ...
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How do I look for pathogen in water with a microscope? Is it possible?

I am a 9th grade student from Manila and we're currently working on an investigatory project. We want to know how effective SODIS or solar water disinfection is. The purification method claims to be ...
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What is this thing found in my saliva?

Found in my saliva (Optical microscope 40x)
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Dark and bright sides in fluorescence microscopy images?

I have used Phalloidin to label F-actin in ethanol fixed cells ( I know formaldehyde might have been a better choice for fixation). I am new to new to this and I am experiencing that one part of image ...
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Common stains for fungal microscopy

I recently got a light microscope to start exploring microscopic features of fungi (and to explore microscopy in general). What are some of the most common and easily available stains used when ...
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Onion Cells or Pear Cells?

I am researching different cells under a brightfield microscope for homework and am having trouble determining whether or not these cells are Onion cells (Allium cepa) or pear cells (Pyrus) under a ...
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Opening coverslip package

I feel pretty silly for asking this but I don't want to damage these coverslips. I just ordered a 100ct box of coverslips and see no way to open them without destroying the container they are in. How ...
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How can I retain cells in suspension for comparative microscopy?

I am working on a digital holographic microscope. I would like to compare its imaging properties with an actual phase contrast light microscope. My aim is to do this cell by cell, creating a z-stack ...