This image depicts clusters of human liver progenitor cells (iHeps) that have been generated in the laboratory by differentiating adult-derived human pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells).
Liver cell proteins stained in green and red allow us to visualise the mature hepatocyte identity of the differentiated cells. The larger goal of this project is to establish a renewable source of functional human hepatocytes for liver research and clinical therapies.
Submitted by Jing Shan, Robert Schwartz and Sangeeta Bhatia of the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies at the Koch Institute, this image was one of entries in the 2012 Koch Institute Image Awards.
The Koch Institute Image Awards were established to recognise and publicly display extraordinary visuals captured so that experts and non-scientists alike can glimpse otherwise invisible biological worlds.