The Leeuwenhoek Specimens

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Specimen packets Specimens set out

1) The Specimens Discovered

Packets of Leeuwenhoek specimens were cautiously removed from the seventeenth-century letters.

2) Portions Detached for Microscopical Examination

Small portions of each specimen were removed and tabulated, ready for microscopical analysis.

Petri dishes Box storage

3) Maintenace of Contaminant-free Status

Specimens for scanning electron microscopy and aqueous reconstitution were kept free of outside contamination.

4) Archival storage of the Specimen Preparations

The scanning electron microscope stubs, gold-coated, are stored in a purpose-built container at the Royal Society.

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Consult introductory page History of the Microscope or read on Leeuwenhoek as experimental biologist.