Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cheek Cells under the Microscope

Cheek cells are one of the easiest cells to view under a microscope, since everyone comes equipped with them! Take a Q-Tip and swab the inside of your cheek. Rub the moist Q-Tip on a blank glass microscope slide and place a cover slip on top.

Using a biological microscope, view the slide at the lower magnification first and then move up to higher magnifications. If you have access to a phase contrast microscope you will be able to view even more detail in the cheek cells.

The following images were captured using the U2 biological microscope and a 40x Phase Contrast Objective lens and phase contrast condenser.

microscope cheek cells 40x

image microscope cheek cells

cheek cells under phase contrast microscope

phase contrast cheek cells image

microscope image

microscopy cheek cells image