The Wonderful World of Cells (5 sessions)
Continuing Education Course
Microscopes are wonderful tools for observation and have revolutionized our understanding of cells and subcellular structures. With photographic attachments, these instruments provide amazing images that transcend science into art. Spectacular renderings can often be made by simply placing the specimen under the microscope. In other instances specimens may require preparation, including tissue fixation, embedding, sectioning and mounting on slides, among others. During this course we will explore techniques used to prepare tissue for microscopic imaging. Focusing on the enhancement of various cell structures, we will use stains to tease out intricate details, such as the cell membrane, the nucleus, DNA, proteins, and other organelles that make up cellular domains and tissue architecture. Prepared samples will be photographed using both stereo and compound microscopes to generate a professional high-end portfolio.