Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I only have eyes for you...

A couple of months ago, Cheryl and Sam sent the family an ultrasound picture of Megan, and my parents allegedly hung it on the wall with the other pictures of the kids. Knowing that the competition for the "perfect child" was going to be tough this year, I sent my parents a picture of my "kid", a copepod nauplius. A nauplius is the larval stage of the planktonic copepod, the marine invertebrate that I spend each and every day examining under a microscope. I will post that picture later, but in the meantime, I just entered a microscopy contest with some fluorescent confocal (laser-scanning microscope) images of the adults. Here's one that didn't make the cut. Each image shows a different fluoroscent antibody bound to a particular antigen, and the fourth image is a composite of the other three. If you are interested in what each antibody is labeling, just email me and I'll let you know. ENJOY!

5 comments:

Lane said...

Thank goodness someone is a bigger nerd than I am.

Caroline said...

tough but fair, Lane.

Dacks said...

actually, I'd like to know what the antigens are. Also did you not include scale bars because you feel that you are too good for scale bars? Is that what is going on here? You have a PhD so you feel that you are above scale bars? Oh, OK, that's cool, I understand, if that is how you want to act that's fine, it's not a big deal or anything.

meg said...

I hope that you were wearing your "Talk nerdy to me" t-shirt when deciding to post this on your blog. You're awesome.

kerry said...

I entered Olympus Bioscapes this year as well and lost. Perhaps we malahinis (sp?) are being excluded because we can't swim to the mainland and intimidate the judges ;] So, do I know you? I've known Dave for years...we both worked for Todd Vanderah...I have been called many things...nakedkerry, badkittypoo. I stay Kahala, and after a trip to Tucson I'll be moving down Wiks side near the zoo with hubby and the kayaks. If you ever feel a need to talk Ab's I'm here at the top of 677 Ala Moana.
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