Friday, 30 March 2007

Full to the gills

We had great fun in the laboratory this afternoon. It's surprising how much entertainment you can get from dissecting mussels. Despite having rudimentary dissection gear, the students managed not only to remove the gills but also slip them onto slides for examination under the microscope. Okay, it doesn't sound like much but this were fresh specimens not fixed and preserved material. The gills were horrible to manipulate—they tore and ruptured, creased and folded—but the students got enough tissue to look at the gross and fine anatomy.

If I get some time tomorrow, I'll do a (quick) dissection and take some photos to post here. After all, every blog needs an image or two of a dissected mussel ...

3 comments:

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

>every blog needs an image or two of a dissected mussel

At least a dissected mollusk.

Looking forward to the photos.

jj said...

"We had great fun in the laboratory this afternoon."

That's the best news.
:)

Snail said...

Mind you, by 6.30pm the fun was beginning to wane. Still, it was a productive day all round.