At about 60 microns in size, human cheek cells are larger than most other animal cells (which are typically 10-30 microns). They are also easily found, by gently chewing the inside of your cheek and scraping out the surface with a spoon or a finger.
These are some images of Hardi’s cheek cells, first without stain and second stained with methylene blue.
The dots in the cells may be organelles, or bacteria. We wondered if the larger cylindrical bodies inside the cells (labelled ‘?’) might be mitochondria.
For comparison with cheek cells Hardi thought to sample the cells from her lower inner lip. She took 4-5 samples of each kind.
In all the samples the cheek cells looked larger than the inner lip cells and they also had a more prominent nuclei. Anyone else like to try this?
Hardi Parmar (Hardi on Microcosmos)