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This is an absolutely beautiful abstract photograph, which, along with other equally beautiful images you will find here. And what is it you’re looking at? Neurons from the auditory section of the brain stem of a mouse. So, is it art or science? Scientists introduced genes into mice that produced glowing proteins extracted from coral and jellyfish. As the mouse thinks the proteins spread out along neural pathways. Then the mouse pays the final full measure for art and is euthanized. It’s brain is sliced into thin strips, which are photographed. If I owned a photo gallery in downtown Manhattan I’d be on the phone right now with the Harvard and MIT researchers who created these images, and I’d be asking for a limited edition of big prints. They’d sell like hotcakes.
–David Schonauer