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You might have been one of those lucky people that had a microscope to tinker with as a kid. But if you missed out on that, it’s not too late! If you’re interested in making your very own foray into the world of microscopy, here are four creatures you might be able to spot with a home microscope -- and what they can teach us!

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Sources:
Intro:
https://www.cas.miamioh.edu/mbiws/microscopes/compoundscope.html
http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/03/Reading_-How-do-the-lenses-in-a-microscope-work_.pdf

Giardia:
https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/giardia/pathogen.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6341118/
https://web.stanford.edu/group/parasites/ParaSites2003/Giardia/GIARDIA2.htm
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978012800049600247X

Rotifers:
https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/phyla/rotifera/rotifera.html
https://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=52520.php
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adfm.201900658
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332060863_FULL_PAPER_wwwafm-journalde_Rotibot_Use_of_Rotifers_as_Self-Propelling_Biohybrid_Microcleaners [PDF]

Amoebas:
https://www.livescience.com/54281-amoeba-definition.html
https://www.genengnews.com/news/gut-nibbling-amoeba-evades-detection-hannibal-lecter-style/
https://mbio.asm.org/content/10/2/e00068-19?_ga=2.59637997.1708836469.1558615056-761762436.1558615056

Volvox:
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artdec03/volvox.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-algae-eye.html
https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-018-0613-5
https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-biology/2017/11/28/unicellular-to-multicellular-what-can-the-green-alga-volvox-tell-us-about-the-evolution-of-multicellularity-and-cellular-differentiation/
https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-017-0450-y
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/momentous-transition-multicellular-life-may-not-have-been-so-hard-after-all
https://phys.org/news/2014-07-transgender-algae-reveal-evolutionary-sexes.html
https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1001904
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/329/5988/223.abstract
https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/volvox-chlamydomonas-and-the-evolution-of-multicellularity-14433403

Image Sources:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giardia_lamblia_SEM_8698_lores.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giardia-spp.--infected--gerbil-intestine.jpg
https://www.istockphoto.com/vector/stomach-gm629996098-112267511
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/antibody-immunoglobulin-molecule-background-gm1025362538-275065150
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amoeba_(Am%C3%B6be)_01.jpg
https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=22073
https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=16242
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/the-rotifer-under-the-microscopic-view-for-education-gm1132162770-300021942
https://www.videoblocks.com/video/rain-water-coming-down-a-spout-from-a-residential-house-maghfzv
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bdelloidea1_w.jpg
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/freshwater-zooplankton-rotifer-or-rotifera-euchlanis-gm612270124-105447651
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brachionus_plicatilis.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/picksfromoutthere/35891780782
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Volvox_Aureus_400x.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chlamydomonas_TEM_07.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Text-book_of_comparative_anatomy_(1898)_(14592367747).jpg
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/chlamydomonas-sp-algae-under-microscopic-view-gm1096108786-294293416
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/overhead-projector-gm173041322-7370833
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/preparing-a-specimen-holder-and-probe-pins-of-a-microscope-in-the-laboratory-cleanroom-gm965466526-263479202
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