Images of Distinction

December 28th, 2011 | Brain

Cluster of neurons differentiated from embryonic stem cells (40X)

By Sharona Even-Ram

Affiliation – Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem

Location – Jerusalem, Israel

Technique – Confocal

Mouse brain pyramidal cells (20X)

By Celine Plachez

Affiliation – University of Maryland School of Medicine

Location – Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Technique – Confocal

Axonal projections of an ommatidium of Drosophila eye (40X)

By Anand Krishna Tiwari

Affiliation – Embryotoxicology Division, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

Location – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Technique – Immunofluorescence

5-day old zebrafish head (20X)

By Hideo Otsuna

Affiliation – University of Utah Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Location – Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Technique – Confocal

Flatmount of astrocytes in the nerve fiber layer of the mouse retina (40X)

By Gabriel Luna

Affiliation – UC Santa Barbara, Neuroscience Research Institute

Location – Santa Barbara, California, USA

Technique – Laser Confocal Scanning

Neurons growing over astrocytes in a human stem cell embryo body (20X)

By Juan Carlos Izpisúa

Affiliation – CMRB – Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona

Location – Barcelona, Spain

Technique – Confocal

Human Spinal Cord Neurosphere

By Mr. Micheal Weible

Affiliation – Department of Anatomy and Histology, University of Sydney

Location – Sydney, Australia

Technique – Widefield Illumination and Deconvolution


“Life imitates art imitates life.”  Most of this photography is from Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition.  From their site:

Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.

Scientists aren’t often known for creating great works of art, but it’s hard to argue that the photos above, and others like them, are not fascinating pieces that evoke a sense of excitement and mystery.  One of the reasons science may not have mainstream appeal is that it is often difficult to visualize and fails to inspire.  Hopefully these photos may ignite some passion within you!


Credit due via Biocanvas

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