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!
John Paul - 3 months
3 years ago