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Make a Micrograph
The term "micrograph" may seem like science jargon to some, but all it means is a photograph-like image taken through a microscope. A micrograph can be a black-and-white image, but quite often it's a colorful depiction, like the one shown here.
Colorful micrographs are often beautiful, but the colors themselves have meaning to the researcher. Blue, for example, may show where DNA resides in the cells, red is where there's cytoskeleton (a system of filaments within cells), and green, where there's muscle protein.
But taking a photo like this one is a multistep process that involves "staining" the sample with antibodies, illuminating it with various wavelengths of light, and adding and combining colors to the image. This interactive feature details the process by letting you create the image shown on this page.
Now that you know how to make a micrograph, why not take a look at more images from the Research department of Children's Hospital Boston?
Subject Matter Expert/Photographer: Douglas Cowan, PhD
Producer/Writer: Rick Groleau
Designer: Peggy Recinos