This episode of under the microscope focuses on “Red Blood Cells (RBC)”, an essential component of the body whose function is to transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells which is required for metabolism. Whilst a full explanation of RBC's is outside of the scope of this article essentially because the cytoplasm of the RBC is full of Haemoglobin (Hb), an iron-rich biomolecule which allows for the binding of Oxygen (O2), the cells are able to move O2 around the body.
Interestingly, Hb is responsible for the red colour of the RBC.
Because RBC's are tiny they cannot be viewed with the naked eye and additional magnification is required, to achieve this I used my normal microscope setup in addition to a number of different tools which included;
In addition, whilst I could have taken my own blood sample, I actually used a prepared microscope slide kit, which contains about 60 slides of different subjects ranging from RBC through to Skeletal Tissue. The quality of the kit is less than desired but it does give an idea of the cells nonetheless.