365 days of microscopy

Fusarium

Fusarium

May 10th – Fusarium is a large genus of filamentous fungi, part of a group often referred to as hyphomycetes, widely distributed in soil and associated with plants. Most species are harmless saprobes, and are relatively abundant members of the soil microbial community. Some species produce mycotoxins in cereal crops that can affect human and …

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Plasma

Plasma

May 8th – Plasma is the pale liquid that makes up about 55% of your blood. The other blood components – red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets – are suspended in plasma, and it allows them to travel through the blood vessels and around your body! But plasma is more than just a …

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Ovum

Ovum

May 5th – The egg cell, or ovum, is the largest and most important cell in the world – and it’s only found in women! Although men produce over a million sperm an hour, women are born with a lifetime trove of several million eggs. By adulthood, only about 400,000 remain, and over the course …

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Sperm

Sperm

May 4th – Success may have a thousand fathers, but children have only one – and it is quite remarkable how they end up with him. Sperm comes from the word “seed” in Greek, and the average man makes over 1,000 sperm per second! Of course, only one sperm will have the chance to fertilize …

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Bones

Bones

May 3rd – Your bones are made primarily of an intricate edifice of mineralized tissue laid down by bone cells like a coral reef. At first, the work is exciting and productive, as young cuboidal osteoblasts dutifully secrete the osteoid tissue that forms the bone matrix. Unfortunately, as the bone is constructed, these cells soon …

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