Scanning and transmission electron microscopy of various plant and animal tissue
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The focus of the work is to learn basic and advanced techniques in the preparation of plant and animal tissue for both the TEM and SEM. Techniques used would include fixation, critical point drying, heavy metal coating, and photography of the SEM samples as well as negative staining and shadowing for the TEM samples (e.g. collagen, bacteria). Electron microscopy work leads to exciting discovery about plant and animal tissues which would otherwise be beyond our sight. The minute nature of the specimens studied in this work required the powerful application of TEM and SEM microscopes. Electron microscopy is an exciting and rewarding field of research.