Olympus Life Science

Olympus Life Science Follow

Manufacturer of clinical, educational and research imaging solutions.

http://www.olympus-lifescience.com/

19,164 Followers  152 Follow

Share Share Share

Nicknamed "Jewels of the Sea," the unique silica shell of diatoms are one-of-a-kind, often ornate and intricately detailed. 
Credit: Linden Gledhill

#olympus #confocal #biology #microscopy #microscope #microscopic #micro #microscopes #nature #science #research #optics #imaging #objective #diatoms #jewel #marinelife #photooftheday #photomicrograph #🔬
Confocal microscopy and autofluorescence captured the front are of a female copepod, Centropages hamatus. Similar to other species, some female copepods secrete pheromones to attract a mate. 
Credit: Jan Michels

#olympus #confocal #microscopy #fluorescence #olympus #bioscapes #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #copepod #marinelife #photooftheday #🔬
#REPOST How many different organisms can you spot in this capture? 30 or 40? One thing we forgot to mention: this collection of diatom cells are cohabiting in a single drop of water. 
Credit: Dr. Victor Chepurnov

#diatom #cells #algae #interference #contrast #freshwater #microorganism #organism #microscopy #micro #microscopic #microscope #plantcell #plant #olympus #bioscapes #biology #imaging #science #research #photomicrograph #photooftheday #🔬
Fluorescence microscopy was used to capture the transverse section of the fertile layer of Mnium hornum, a soft moss plant. 
Credit: Magdalena Turzańska 
#olympus #bioscapes #fluorescence #fluorescent #3D #biology #microscopy #microscope #microscopic #micro #microscopes #nature #science #research #optics #imaging #objective #moss #plant #photooftheday #photomicrograph #🔬
Buzz Buzz Buzz! Aren't the iridescent colors of this green bottle fly mesmerizing? Here we can see the thin film interference, multilayer interference and diffraction. 
Credit: Rudolf Büchi

#olympus #stereomicroscopy #microscopy #olympus #bioscapes #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #fly #insect #photooftheday #🔬
Named after the presence of bristles composed of chitin, the Polychaete annelid worm represents over 10,000 species and a family history in the sea dating back over 500 million years ago! 
Credit: Dr. Sara Lindsay

#olympus #differentialinference #microscopy #olympus #bioscapes #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #worm #bristleworm #marinelife #photooftheday #🔬
#REPOST Here's something you don't see every day: #microscopic fossils! This diatom was "brought back to life" using interference #microscopy and a 40x #objective. 
Credit: Stephen S. Nagy

#fossil #marinelife #olympus #bioscapes #marinebiology #algae #plants #color #colorful #imaging #science #research #microscopic #micro #photomicrograph #photooftheday #🔬
The genus Acanthocystis is made up of benthic living organisms common to freshwater. These organisms are covered with siliceous scales, forming a flexible armour called a periplast. 
Credit: Linden Gledhill

#olympus #microscopy #olympus  #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #organism #freshwater #planktonic #photooftheday #🔬
No, this isn't a game of connect the dots! This micrograph demonstrates mouse 3T3 fibroblast #cells. NIH3T3 is one of the most commonly utilized cell lines and is often used in areas like drug discovery.

Credit: Dr. Nathan Sniadecki

#olympus #microscopy #olympus  #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #mouse #fibroblasts #cellline #photooftheday #🔬
A male mosquito can flap its wings approximately 600 times per second, faster than any other insect its size! Here we see a close up look at the scales on a mosquito wing. 
Credit: Gerd A. Günther

#olympus #interference #microscopy #olympus  #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #mosquito #wings #scales #insect #photooftheday #🔬
#Repost @science.sam
・・・
Today is Oct 4th, a date I’ve written out more than any other in my life!
.
But not because I’m weirdly sentimental, but because Oct4 also happens to be the name of a gene that is VERY important for stem cells.
.
There was a point in time where the gene Oct4 was critical for all of your cells ... critical for your existence. This takes us back in time to the first 4 days after your parents did the nasty and you were conceived, when you were nearly 100 cells.
.
All of your cells back then were “pluripotent” stem cells: ‘pluri’ meaning many (like plural), and potency meaning power to become any cell they want.
.
These uncommitted cells were still free-floating in the Fallopian tube, but eventually would find their home attached to the uterine wall. It’s only once they settled in there that they started to commit to being the skin, brain, blood cells etc. that you enjoy now. Importantly, these fate decisions came with a huge decline in how much your cells use Oct4, that powerful gene.
.
We used to think that once one of these pluripotent cells decided to be skin or blood or gut it’s trapped in that fate forever. But just like how you can change your identity over time, we found that your cells can too, though both take a bit of work.
.
In the case of your cells, just over a decade ago 2 Japanese scientists discovered that all you have to do is get cells to start using Oct4 again (plus 3 other genes) and they could re-gain their juvenile potential to turn into any cell! Using these 4 “pluripotency factors”, we’ve been able to turn skin cells to blood cells or beta cells of the pancreas, and nearly every other type of cell.
.
This discovery garnered a ton of excitement, including a Nobel Prize and an entire new field of stem cell research because it could mean a new way to make personalized cells patients might need to cure their injuries or diseases. Though there's currently a clinical trial testing such reprogrammed cells therapeutically in the eye, we’re still a long way from figuring it all out.
.
But what I like about Oct4 is that it’s a reminder to reset, blur boundaries, and re-define. So happy pluripotency day to you! Wh
Watch: Confocal microscopy was used to capture the hearbeat of 2-day-old zebrafish larva. At this stage, the specimen is generally between 3 to 3.5 mm in length!

Credit: Dr. Fengzhu Xiong 
#olympus #confocal #microscopy #olympus #bioscapes #biology #science #research #micro #microscopic #microscopy #microscopes #nature #optics #objective #imaging #photomicrograph #heartbeat #zebrafish #larva #marinelife #photooftheday #🔬