Mitochondria, energy for life

Date:30 October 2014 Tags:, , , , ,

Each tiny egg of the common fruit fly matures inside the ovaries of the female fly over the course of about three days. In that short time, the egg’s chamber grows 5 000-fold.

Here stained in green we see mitochondria, which are the powerhouse of the cell and supply the energy required for growth and maturation of the egg. This filtered image was taken with a confocal microscope.

Titled “Energy for life”, Jasmin Imran Alsous and Stanislav Shvartsman submitted this image into Princeton University’s 2014 Art of Science.

Now in its seventh year, the Art of Science competition – open to the entire Princeton community – explores the interplay between science and art and consists of images produced during the course of scientific inquiry that have aesthetic merit.

Image credit: Jasmin Imran Alsous, Stanislav Shvartsman | Princeton University Art of Science