Science lovers, there's a new site we think you'll like: Called "Eye on Science," it's a gallery produced by the Wall Street Journal that showcases top science images. There's an Instagram account too: @wsjscience.
The nascent site has already featured two Stanford projects, the effort by psychiatrist Sergiu Pasca, MD, to develop neural organoids to model brain networks (illustrated at right) and the work by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, PhDs, to clarify the world of gut bacteria.
Neither are just lovely images. As the WSJ described Pasca's orbs:
The neural blobs, known as organoids, give scientists a window into the developing brain, allowing them to watch as nerve cells come together to form networks. Scientists think that changes in brain networks underlie many psychiatric conditions...
These brainy orbs are grown from skin cells that are prodded in the lab to morph into stem cells and then neurons.
And if you aren't a microbiologist, the Sonnenburg's shot of the teeming colon (at left) might be written off as beautiful abstract art.
Actually, the image shows mouse intestinal cells (in blue) colonized by human microbes (multicolored collage at upper left). The researchers use mice to model the human gut, as is "not so easy with human subjects," Erica Sonnenburg told the WSJ.
There's room for more: If you are affiliated with Stanford and have a fabulous science shot you'd like to share, please .
Previously: Brain cell spheres offer new tool to study disease, Can low-fiber diets' damage to our gut-microbial ecosystems get passed down over generations? and Getting to the good gut: how to go about it
Top image courtesy of Sergiu Pasca; bottom image of Kristen Earle, Gabe Billings, KC Huang and Justin Sonnenburg