Internal Cellular Details of Euglena gracilis Visualized by Scanning Electron Microscopy

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Science  22 Jan 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3968, pp. 290-292
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3968.290


Simple washing of live Euglena gracilis cleans the pellicle of external coating material. When these cleaned cells are viewed with a scanning electron microscope, organelle outlines can be seen through the thinned pellicle. To view organelles directly, fixed Euglena cells are gently broken first or first frozen and then broken as part of their preparation for scanning electron microscopy. Subsequent viewing at magnifications of x 5,000 to x 21,000 reveals organelles, storage granules, endoplasmic reticulum, and nuclear pores, while retaining great depth of focus.