Microscopy and Iphoneography.

Last week, in 10th grade Biology, we looked at epithelial tissue from plants and animals–epithelial tissue from onions and epithelial tissue from human cheeks. Our microscopes have a magnification of 4X (40 times the original size) at the lowest magnification, and 40X (400 times) at the highest. The following pictures were taken by two students using their smartphones (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5):

Cork Cells at 4X.

Cork Cells at 4X.

Onion (Epithelial tissue) at 4X.

Onion (Epithelial tissue) at 4X.

Nucleus Onion Eduardo

Onion cells–epithelial tissue–at 40X (Notice the well defined nuclei).

Human (Epithelial Cells - Cheek) I.

Human epithelial cells (Taken from the cheek) at 40 X

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43 thoughts on “Microscopy and Iphoneography.

  1. Last week in the biology class i had no idea that we had epithelial tissue. In fact, i didn’t even know what that meant, but now that i see this pictures its very impressing that not only humans have this kinds of tissues.( Even onions have epithelial tissues)!

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    • Yours is a comment that I’m forced to treasure more than many, You understood something better from images on the blog that from the pages of a Bio textbook. Keep up the good work, Daisy.

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  2. Its amazing how different can an onion look compare to its own cell, for they look with extreme differences. Using a microscope can change the point of view for people.

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  3. This use to be one of my favorite topics discussed in my old school which kinda made me miss it, also I forgot to send you the pictures so ill just post them

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  4. I have to say these images look awesome! and like Daisy, I am also amazed that humans and onions have a common tissue! If someone told me that before I wouldn’t have believed them at all. (This was a very fun, educational and entertaining class project, I liked it very much because we used our own tissues!) 😀

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  5. There is SO MUCH world beyond the naked eye! It’s amazing how different things look beyond our eyes! These pictures look awesome and the blue one looks like a topographic map of utopia… ish… hahaahah

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    • The microscopic world is as vast and big as the world we see with our naked eye. The fact that we are still amazed by the microscopic world—200 years after its invention—proves the importance of this technological achievement.

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  6. It’s interesting to note how the picture from plant’s are a lot more consistent in their shape than the one from the human cheek. It would also be interesting to see how things look when you got and magnify them 1,000X or even more rather than just to the maximum we have in class of 400X

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  7. Two years ago, when performing this project, it caught my attention the fact that the onion’s epithelial tissue resembled a lot those from humans. To realize and become aware that onions, like humans, have tissues that function in the same manner makes me want to explore beyond what I already learned, since there is probably more ironic and peculiar situations to science.

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    • Biology—like the the resulting machines of engineering—is modular: whatever works is repeated, preserved, and eventually modified, maintaining that which worked.

      We see many patterns that repeat in evolution, suggesting that we are all related.

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  8. It is amazing how much there is to see and how little our eye can see. The complexity of cells and their little size makes i something to be admired.

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  9. This is what we did in our lab! It was so cool. The first time was tissue from the cheek I think. It was truly awesome to see it in more detail.

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    • And to think that a few decades ago it would have been unimaginable for a student to take pictures of what they were seeing under a microscope. This is a new way of taking notes, by making good use of technology; an actual smart use of a smartphone.

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  10. we have seen this type of molecules in class, it’s amazing that there are organisms moving around us and we cannot see them

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    • The size of these cells are way bigger than molecules. These are cork and epithelial—human—cells: millions of times bigger than a DNA molecule, and DNA is a huge molecule.

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  11. I agree with Angeica, I would have never believed it if anyone told me that we, humans, and onions have common tissues. It’s just silly to think because onions are food!

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  12. Wow like angelica and daisy i had no idea that onions and humans share same cells. This lab was really fun and educational i enjoyed it very much.

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  13. it is very interesting how much you learn at school new things that you wouldn’t even imagine, if somebody came to me and told me that humans and onions share the same cells i wouldn’t believe them. i really enjoy this experiment in class.

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  14. This images are awesome. I am amazed that humans and onions share a common tissue. This lab was fun and educational.

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  15. It’s amazing how things change shape, color and structure when we observe it on a microscope. This is really interesting because we learn more about the things we see and eat in our daily lifes.

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  16. I would have never recognized that cell as a cell of a onion. It looks so different! And also it does not look like a couple of 15-16 year olds did this. It looks so scientific.

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  17. Its interesting how humans have the same tissues as onions which are the epithelial tissue. When I saw the onion tissue in the classroom by a microscope they looked so different and abstract!

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  18. The last thing I expected was that an union had anything in common with a human… It reminds me of a the post that said that all animals have something in common, even though that the union isn’t an animal, it shares characteristics with humans and other animals.

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  19. It is intresting how microscopes can change your view to see things into a very different way. I learned more and quicker see the pictures than reading a article or a book.

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    • Perspectives are amazing. Scales as well.

      The universe is small and big; it is measured in nanometers and light years. And with microscopes, the vastness of the universe can be partially unveiled—via the fluttering cilia of Blepharisma.

      Telescopes give another glimpse;
      we can look at stars.
      The whole veil has been lifted.

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  20. Wow , this is really nice I didn’t know we shared common tissue with onions that was very strange jaja ,I still find the microscope a very important instrument for humans to keep doing this researches.

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  21. This was by far the most interesting lad we did this year. I loved the different cells we got to see. Besides being grossed out by some it was awesome.

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  22. These pictures remind me of when we did our first lab exercise with microscopes. At first it was kind of hard to focus the lenses but once you get the hang of it its actually kind of fun. we haven’t looked at organisms in class yet so I’ve decided to look for some. It turns out that pond water has lots of different microorganisms in it. take a look, this picture is the one I found that has the most different kinds in my opinion.
    https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTMhKGcgLJGEGJgAOTmQou_Q8xIRDHOznznWF2H8i2KkF54Bjzk

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