You can see some of the structures of an animal cell under a microscope with a simple practical.
- Gently chew the side of your cheek for 2 minuets, be sure not to draw any blood
- Using a sterile swab, swab the inside of your cheek
- Rub your swab onto the centre of a microscope slide to transfer the cheek cells
- Add 1 or 2 drops of Methylene Blue
- Place a cover slip over the now stained cheek cells
- Using a microscope appropriately look at the cheek cells and try and draw/label what you can see *
* You may be asked to work out the magnification or actual size of the cheek cell.