UN developing atlas to trace the ultra-structure of cells
Science and pedagogy is the goal proposed by professor Clara Spinel Gómez with the initiative to create an atlas of the cellular ultra-structure and the function of different components from the eukaryote cells. This is all about generating real images through powerful electric microscopes so they can be used by graduate and undergraduate students for their biological studies.Bogotá D. C., 09 de julio de 2009 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
Independently and for her own biology classes, Spinel created a rudimentary atlas worn out by so much use, for regular consultation and by those who study animal cells at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The idea was born last year, before the need to have a bigger quantity of these images and while she was at the Arauca Campus from the same institution.
“This will be a textbook where students and professors can learn more about the structure and simultaneously extend their knowledge to all the University’s community. Right now there’s a higher need to produce a book with microphotography given that its an indispensable tool in our country and specifically in our alma mater at all campuses,” indicates the professor of the Cellular and Molecular Biology group, Animal Line, from the Biology Department.
Professor Paulo César Guatame academic adviser for the Arauca campus is involved in this project. Spinel assures that thanks to his collaboration and the campus collaboration, they already have uploaded some images and schemes done by the investigation group. In addition, they count on Carolina Ochoa’s support, undergraduate student from the Biology Department and Magnolia Herrera, graduate student at the Bioengineering Department.
According to the investigator, some of the potential users for the Atlas will be all universities from the country which impart regular academic courses or extension courses about Cellular Biology, just like all investigators who need basic knowledge of the cell.
Spinel assures that she’s been an enthusiast of electronic microscopy. Even when they brought new equipment she was one of the first to play and generate this type of images.
At this moment, all Cellular Biology courses at the UN have sets of 38 microphotographs, which are used in a specialized workshop. Nevertheless, according to the biologist it is a limited material for the amount of students enrolled at the University.