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A growing mouse neural stem cell

A mouse neural stem cell (blue and green) sits in a lab dish, atop a special gel containing a mat of synthetic nanofibers (purple). The cell is growing and sending out spindly appendages, called axons (green), in an attempt to re-establish connections with other nearby nerve cells.

The pictured research is giving hope that one day humans may be able to reverse spinal cord damage.

 

More information: directorsblog.nih.gov/2017/04/13/snapshots-of-life-healin...

 

This image was a 2016 FASEB BioArt winner.

 

Credit: Mark McClendon, Zaida Alvarez Pinto, Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

 

NIH support from: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

  

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Uploaded on April 21, 2017