Polar Science 2006 Blog
What Happened On Polar 3, a finale.
In my last entry, I just finished talking about what happened in week five, and I didn't get to define what the Oil-Red-O and the Metachromatic's purpose's are. The Oil-Red-O is used to identify intramuscular fat and Metachromatic is used to is used to determine muscle fibre type. In week six the lab team continued to use Oil-Red-O and Metachromatic, and they also told use about Lead ATPase which is something that works similary with Oil-Red-O. In week seven, they began to separate the seal muscle tissue with the cryostat, and the noticed little things about the seal tissue that were different from the mouse (read week seven in the expedition news, to find out more!). In week eight, the lab team performed serial Metachromatic staining on the mouse and seal tissue, completed their first Oil-Red-O and Metachromatic stains on the seal tissue, and learned how to count droplets with the Oil-Red-O. And finally, in week nine, the lab team had gotten all the seal muscle biopsies and were preparing muscle sections for staining.
Well, this has been the Polar Science journey for both Lab and Ice teams, I'd like to say congradulations and thank you SO much for having me involved in all of this, it has been a great nine weeks, good luck in the future!