This otherworldy image depicts a neurosphere composed of neural precursor cells as captured by a fluorescent microscope. The photo comes from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Flickr photostream. According to the CIRM photo caption:
The cells, allowed to attach to a substrate, have begun to send out long processes that will eventually become the axons of the mature neurons.
This week, eight Stanford researchers received a total of $10.3 million in grants from CIRM to support basic research projects focused on stem cell science. The awards were announced as part of more than $38 million allocated to 28 projects in the state stem cell agency's fourth round of "Basic Biology" grants. Stanford's recipients of the Basic Biology grants are described in our release.
Photo by Martin Pera, PhD, University of Southern California