Today I am heading into my third week working in the Stockley lab at the University of Leeds and I can't believe how fast the time is going! 8 weeks will have flown by in no time!!
Last Friday, I was introduced to the electron microscope. Let me tell you, using that thing is pretty hard and it takes a lot of skill and patience, which I'm finding is something that is needed in science as there is a lot of waiting for things to take their course or run. Taking this into account, I think that my first attempt at obtaining images of my TCV sample was quite successful.
I had trouble getting the images in focus and so they aren't of the best resolution. We think this is mainly because of my sample preparation technique, so I have prepared more samples this morning in order to test different staining methods to see which works best for me as each method I have read seems to use a different method.
These are a few of the images I took with the electron microscope on my first trial, although they are not of great resolution, they do confirm that my experiments these last two weeks have been successful, which is great news!!
As mentioned before the images are the best quality and the contrast between the background and the sample does not allow for a lot of detail to be seen of the virus structures. Hopefully by investigating different staining techniques I will be able to obtain a better quality image. Stay tuned for the results.....