Extreme closeup of mouse-brain slice wins top Life Science Microscopy prize

Extreme closeup of mouse-brain slice wins top Life Science Microscopy prize


Enlarge / Detail from the successful entry within the first Olympus Global Image of the Year Life Science Light Microscopy Award. It exhibits immunostaining of a mouse-brain slice with two fluorophores.

For a number of years now, they’ve frequently featured the winners of Nikon’s annual Small World microscopy contest. Now, Olympus has entered the clever imaging area with its first Global Image of the Year Award. Like the Small World contest, the intent is to spotlight clever scientific imaging in hopes of inspiring the world to understand the inherent fantastic thing about microscopy imaging. Olympus introduced the winners (one world winner, plus three regional winners), together with a number of runners-up, final month. They don’t disappoint.
As Ars’ John Timmer famous in his 2018 Small World protection: “Microscopy is a sibling of photography in many ways beyond the involvement of high-end lenses. While it might not matter for scientific purposes, a compelling microscope image depends on things like composition, lighting, exposure, and more. And these days, both fields rely heavily on post-processing.” All these parts are ample within the new crop of Olympus winners.
Spain’s Ainara Pintor snagged the highest honor from over 400 submissions together with her attractive picture of an immunostained mouse-brain slice, titled Neurogarden. The picture focuses on the hippocampus space of a single slice, however there are greater than 70 million neurons within the mouse mind as a complete, in keeping with Pintor. Howard Vindin of Australia received the regional prize for Asia-Pacific by capturing an autofluorescence picture of a mouse embryo. US entrant Tagide de Carvalho received the regional award for the Americas along with his colourful picture of a tardigrade. The regional winner for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa was the UK’s Alan Prescott, for his picture capturing the frozen part of a mouse’s head.
Honorable mentions included putting microscopic photographs of photonic crystals in insect scales, crystallized amino acids, desert locust wings, and opal embedded in iron sandstone, amongst others. Clearly, the sphere of photomicroscopy remains to be attracting top-notch expertise.

Global Winner: immunostaining of a mouse mind slice with two fluorophores

Regional Winner for the Americas: it is a colourful tardigrade!

Tagide de Carvalho/Olympus

Asia-Pacific Regional Winner: Autofluorescence picture of a mouse embryo.

Howard Vindin/Olympus

EMEA Regional Winner: frozen part of a mouse’s head.

Alan Prescott/Olympus

Honorable Mention: mouse spinal wire.

Tong Zhang/Olympus

Honorable Mention: picture of 3D depth color-coded reconstruction of confocal photographs of microtubules in monkey fibroblast cells.

Daniela Malide/Olympus

Photonic crystals in bugs (beetles and theyevils) FTW!

Rudolf Buechi/Olympus

Preparation of amino acids crystallized out of an ethanol answer.

Justin Zoll/Olympus

The desert locust is one instance of an insect species that has advanced foldable wings, the higher to maintain them clear and intact. This picture is known as A Road within the Sky as a result of “veins look like roads and spines on [the] wing membrane are like stars.”

Hamed Rajabi/Olympus

Green gem materials, prase opal, magnified by a microscope, appears to be like like an aerial shoreline view. The brown areas are iron sandstone host rock.

Nathan Renfro/Olympus

Microscopic picture of fruit fly mind.

Martin Hailstone/Olympus

Inflorescence of creating flotheyr buds expressing fluorescent reporters (cyan), with cell partitions stained crimson.

Nat Prunet/Olympus

The ovary of a gall-inducing wasp exhibiting the eggs.

Ming-Der Lin/Olympus

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