The Visual Beginning

I came across a forwarded email with amazing shots of our body cells, captured with electron microscope technology. Here’s sharing the miraculous journey that our body goes through and what every human started out as in conception. Enjoy!

Text and photos courtesy of Wellcome Images

The Babe: Human Egg with Coronal Cells

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A purple, colour-enhanced human egg sitting on a pin. The egg is coated with the zona pellicuda, a glycoprotein that protects the egg but also helps to trap and bind sperm. Two coronal cells are attached to the zona pellicuda.

The Hunk: Sperm on the Surface of a Human Egg

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Close-up shot of sperms trying to fertilise an egg.

Babe + Hunk: Human Embryo and Sperm

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It looks like the world at war, but it is actually five days after the fertilisation of an egg, with some remaining sperm cells still sticking around. This fluorescent image was captured using a confocal microscope. The embryo and sperm cell nuclei are stained purple while sperm tails are green. The blue areas are gap junctions, which form connections between the cells.

Babe+Hunk’s Bub: Human Embryo

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Coloured image of a 6-day old human embryo implanting itself onto the wall of the womb.

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