Butcher Lab Image is a 2015 FASEB BioArt Winner!
Congratulations to the Butcher Lab, whose image of a developing chick was one of 13 winners in the fourth-annual FASEB BioArt competition.
The image, “Heart and complex network of blood vessels in the developing chick,” was submitted by undergraduate student Jessica Ryvlin, along with graduate student Stephanie Lindsey and Associate Professor Jonathan Butcher, who is Associate Director of the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies. The winning image is included with ten other images and two video winners on the FASEB website.
About the Image:
Research Focus: Heart development.
Description: During the embryo development, the formation of congenital heart defects alters blood flow patterns. In this NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Science Foundation research project, investigators are studying how these patterns change and developing measurement tools with the aim of improving diagnosis of heart defects in human embryos. To observe normal and abnormal heart development in real time, the researchers delicately transfer live chicken embryos from an egg shell to an artificial container. Microsurgical manipulations are used to induce heart defects to model blood flow pattern changes. Images, like this one, are created without any dyes and are instead enhanced using photo manipulation software. The modified images allow researchers to better visualize the developing heart (to the left of the eye) and the network of blood vessels from the heart and throughout the chick embryo.
About the BioArt Competition
Now in its fourth year, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 's( FASEB) BioArt competition showcases the artistic side of cutting-edge science by sharing the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public. The competition encourages submissions of captivating, high-resolution images and videos representing cutting edge, 21st century biomedical and life science research. These laboratory-based images are original photographs, illustrations, data visualizations, or videos from current or former US federally funded investigators, contractors, or trainees and/or members of FASEB constituent societies. Entries are original creations by the submitter(s) and not published elsewhere. They must relate to life science research without representing a human research subject, though they may be of human cells.
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