Fluorescence Microscopy Virtual Lab
Enter the virtual microscope room to see inside a tissue sample. Learn how a fluorescence microscope can create a high contrast image and answer biological questions.
- High School
- University / College
About This Simulation
This simulation, along with “Light Microscopy,” has been adapted from the original, larger “Microscopy” simulation.
Assemble the fluorescence microscope and discover how the key components help to create a high contrast image. In this simulation, you will learn how to use a fluorescence microscope to analyze an intestine tissue sample. You will discover what fluorescence is and what the applications and limitations of fluorescence microscopy in biology are. The sample has been prepared for you, your mission is to determine whether the cells in the intestine are infected with a virus.
Assemble the microscope
First, you will assemble the fluorescence microscope and discover the function of the key components. Learn how, together, the parts of the microscope can magnify the image up to 1000 times with high contrast. You will also discover how molecules called fluorophores emit fluorescent light after being brought to a higher energy state and how you can label structures of interest in your sample with these fluorophores.
Analyze the sample
The sample contains three fluorophores, each labeling a different biomolecule. Using the fluorescence microscope, you can study the localization of the virus in the tissue. Can you find out whether the cells of the intestine have been infected by the virus? Finally, you and Dr. One will compare microscopy techniques. Is the fluorescence microscope the one microscope to rule them all?
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