Brain cells from skin cells: Nikon Small World 2016

Date:1 November 2016 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, ,

Pictured is the third place winner of the Nikon Small World 2016 photomicography competition. The photograph, magnified 20 times, shows a culture of neurons (stained green) derived from human skin cells and Schwann cells (stained red), a second type of brain cell. These cells have started to cover the neuron in the same way they interact in the brain.

Rebecca Nutbrown from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford captured the photograph using confocal microscopy, immunofluorescence and iPSCs.

To see all the winners check out the December issue of Popular Mechanics – on sale 21 November!

Image credit: Rebecca Nutbrown