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Published 2015 | Version v2.0.0
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Vision in Bloom


Honorable Mention This image shows a mouse retina. A retina contains millions of neurons which detect light and transmit signals to our brain. The small white dots shown here are one type of neuron which receive light information from the outside world.The lines heading toward the center are called axons. Axons act like telephone wires, sending light information from these neurons out of the eye, along the optic nerve, and on to the brain. This process of transmitting information from the sensitive neurons in our eyes to our brain is the basis of how we see.Researcher Jasmine Lucas and other scientists study neurons in the retina to understand how different cells within the eye develop and mature.Department of NeurobiologyTools & Techniques: Epifluorescent Microscope


This image originally appeared as part of Northwestern's Scientific Images Contest. The contest and subsequent exhibitions are organized by Science in Society, the university's research center for science education and public engagement. Further information and opportunities to participate are available on their website. Prints and canvas editions of these Northwestern research images can also be purchased online (with the small net profit going to science education and outreach programming in the Chicago area).


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