Thanksgiving Leftovers: Under the Microscope

Would you recognize your leftovers when they're magnified? Would you know turkey if you saw it at 40X?

Make a guess and click an image to see the answer.

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Why does the turkey look so much like an insect larva?

By luna_the_cat (not verified) on 27 Nov 2006 #permalink

It doesn't look much like the insect larvae that I've examined. I agree that the color is similar, but I see a bunch of long clear muscle cells that are all intertwined in the turkey samples.

Maybe it's just the way my eyes work...but I took a look at that first photo, the Turkey SGP 2006, and the first thought that sprang to mind was "Drosophila!" -- the bit in the upper-right hand corner looks like a semi-dissected larva head, to me. Have you ever had a close look at them when they've just turned to pupae and are still white?

But hey, I've had a lot of people tell me I'm just weird. They're probably right.

By luna_the_cat (not verified) on 28 Nov 2006 #permalink