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VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam: Biopsy Details

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC, is providing a rare glimpse into the life of two bald eagles and their offspring!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

“Biopsy Details”

The biopsy was performed by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study lab at the University of Georgia. This research collective is funded by the wildlife agencies from 15 states (including Virginia) and the territory of Puerto Rico as well as federal agencies involved in wildlife health issues.

The pictures below are taken from the tissue samples collected during the initial examination of the eaglet. Specialized dying techniques allow normal cells (blue) to be differentiated from inclusions formed by the avian pox virus (pink). These inclusions, called Bollinger Bodies are diagnostic of avian pox.

The scale bar shown in the upper right hand corner indicates 20 microns (or micrometers). it would take 10,000 microns to equal one centimeter. To put it in familiar terms the 20 micron bar is equivalent to about 79/100,000 of an inch!

Photo Courtesy of SCWDS