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Art of Science Gallery 03

Food for thought

Zeiss LSM 700 Confocal - four laser point scanning confocal with a single pinhole

Image provided by Matthew Conrad, Rodney Johnson Lab

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture 

This image shows the brain of a piglet, which is used as a model to understand human brain development. The folded area shown is the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. Scientists are looking at how factors such as early-life nutrition or disease affect the development of the hippocampus, in an effort to discover how nutrition might protect the developing brain from harmful effects of inflammation.