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