Cellular desire

July 18, 2006

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Here is one of the photos that won the 2006 Biomedical Image Awards. It is a thrilling manifestation of life’s desire to reach out, expand, and know the universe.

Nerve cells

A cluster of special nerve cells called cerebellar granule cells, growing in culture. These cells naturally gather together, and when placed in a culture dish covered in a particular protein, they start sending out long projections (yellow/green) as they would in the developing brain.
Confocal micrograph by Ludovic Collin.

[via Neatorama]

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