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Science Snapshot: Show of Hands

This image took the top prize at the 2022 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Lisa Winter
Lisa Winter

Lisa Winter became social media editor for The Scientist in 2017. In addition to her duties on social media platforms, she also pens obituaries for the website. She graduated from Arizona State University, where she studied genetics, cell, and developmental biology.

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          Magnified view of an embryonic gecko hand
A 63X magnification of an embryonic Madagascar giant day gecko’s (Phelsuma grandis) hand featuring neurons (cyan), bones (yellow), and ligaments (orange)
Grigorii Timin, courtesy of Nikon

Top honors at the 2022 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition went to Grigorii Timin, a genetics PhD student at the University of Geneva, for his image of the hand of an embryonic Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis). The hand is only about 3 millimeters in length but required two days to fully image, highlighting the nerves in cyan, bones in yellow, and ligaments in orange.

“This particular image is beautiful and informative, as an overview and also when you magnify it in a certain region, shedding light on how the structures are organized on a cellular level,” Timin explained in a press release.

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