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Bio-Artography – Science meets Art

Photo credit: Bioartography

Photo credit: Bioartography

These stunning images look like something out of an art exhibition. As a matter of fact, they are on exhibit and for sale, but they are actually scientific images of tissues and cells captured using microscopes.

The images are part of a project called Bio-Artography founded by the University of Michigan’s Center for Organogenesis. In this research group, scientists study organ formation, function, and disease in hope of finding cure for organ diseases and developing better treatment for organ damages.

Bio-Artography is “…a fascinating combination of art and science,” which was initiated as a fund-raiser for providing students with travel grants to attend scientific meetings. It also serves a dual purpose as a perfect tool for public outreach to tell (or show) the public what the scientists are studying, how, and why.

Belly Bubbles by Li-Jyun Syu (Photo credit: Bioartography)

Belly Bubbles by Li-Jyun Syu (Photo credit: Bioartography)

One of my favorite images is Belly Bubbles by Li-Jyun Syu, a research laboratory specialist from the Department of Dermatology. This is an image of mouse stomach viewed under a microscope, with fluorescent stains identifying different cells and structures. DNA is colored blue, acid-producing cells in green, and rapidly dividing cells in red. When Li-Jyun Syu manipulates the mouse stomach to produce more molecules involved in stomach inflammation (called interferon gamma), the number of dividing cells, or red “bubbles,” increases.

The images can be purchased from Bio-Artography website, starting at $25.

References:
BioArtography
University of Michigan: Out of the Blue: Episode 213: Bio-Artography (video)

Lynn Kimlicka

I am a scientist-turned writer and editor, who loves to read and write (more than doing experiments). I have a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a specialization in structural biology. My interests range widely, from life sciences to pop culture and arts to music. I am bilingual in English and Japanese.

6 Responses

  1. stan2606 says:

    Great images amazing what’s in all of us

  2. Cassandra Shaw says:

    I love your blog so much. You don’t understand how happy I was when I heard that you would be continuing it! I’m probably the biggest science nerd at my school..secretly (; ..and you’re blog allows me to know whats up in the science world and keeps me on my toes! Thank you!

    • Dr. K says:

      Thank you!! You made my day!! 😀 I will do my best to update the blog regularly. Cheers to science nerds around the world! 😉

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