10.5 Day Old Mouse Embryo, Neurofilaments : 2011

Photograph by

Jim Swoger

About this image

Light micrograph of a mouse embryo, approximately 10.5 days post-fertilisation. The specimen was stained with a fluorescent marker that highlights the presence of precursor cells to nerve tissue then chemically treated to make it optically transparent. It was scanned using Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy to produce a series of optical ‘slices’ that were combined to generate a virtual 3D model of the embryo. The colours here from red to green to blue indicate increasing depth in the sample. Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain