Image of the Day: A Mouse Brain Slice Becomes Art
Image of the Day: A Mouse Brain Slice Becomes Art

Image of the Day: A Mouse Brain Slice Becomes Art

A fluorescent image of murine hippocampal cells is the winning microscopy image from more than 400 submissions from 65 countries for Olympus’s 2019 Image of the Year Award.

Amy Schleunes
Amy Schleunes

A former intern at The Scientist, Amy studied neurobiology at Cornell University and later earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She is a Los...

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Apr 1, 2020
ABOVE: An autofluorescent mouse embryo that earned the Asia-Pacific regional prize
“Neurogarden” by Ainara Pintor won the top prize. The mouse brain slice contains excitatory hippocampal neurons in green, fat mass and obesity-associated protein (FTO) in red, and cell nuclei in blue.

Ainara Pintor, a PhD student in molecular biology and biomedicine at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, won the global prize in the first Global Image of the Year Life Science Light Microscopy Award by Olympus, according to a press release March 30. Pintor’s image, which she titled “Neurogarden,” features a mouse brain slice immunostained with fluorophores.

“There are over 70 million neurons in a mouse brain,” Pintor says in the statement. “This is an example of what we can observe in the hippocampus of a single brain slice, in this case, taken from Thy1 transgenic mice.”

An image of an autofluorescent mouse embryo submitted by Howard Vindin of Australia captured the Asia-Pacific regional prize, and Tagide deCarvalho of the US won the Americas regional prize for her image of the inside of a tardigrade.

The inside of a tardigrade, commonly known as a water bear, took home the regional prize for submissions from the Americas