Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Smiles from Death

I was using the microscope today, forlorn and sullen.
Looking at mouse kidneys is actually quite exciting, and the differences between the two main groups of mice in this study are quite dramatic. I'm looking for the effects of lupus-like diseases, where these things that look like circles call glomeruli get swollen due to a hyperactive immune system.

Now, I'm not going to say much more about science (unless you ask me to), but what I wanted to share was this little message I received from one of the sections. I was looking for good images of these glomeruli when I saw a smiling face. It made me happy, and I suppose that is yet another reason why I thought (foolishly) that a career in science was for me.

See for yourself! Am I wrong here or do these cells want me to be happy?

1 comment:

the grigoryevs said...

i see several smiley faces, actually. one appears to be winking.