MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Among thousands of entries, Nikon has awarded its top honor to Jennifer Peters, Ph.D., and Michael Taylor, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for their photomicrograph, "The blood-brain barrier of a live zebrafish embryo." It is believed to be the first image showing the formation of the blood-brain barrier in a live animal.
Nikon's Small World contest recognizes excellence in photomicrography, photographs made through a microscope. Nikon awarded its top award to Peters, an imaging scientist, and Taylor, an assistant member of the Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, based on their image "that showcases the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality," according to Nikon.
The first place winners from St. Jude partnered to capture the image that highlights their research of the blood-brain barrier. "We used fluorescent proteins to look at the brain endothelial cells and watched the blood-brain barrier develop in real-time," Peters said. "We took a three-dimensional snapshot under a confocal microscope and then stacked the images and compressed them into one, pseudo-coloring them in rainbow to illustrate depth."
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