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Art of Science Gallery 05

Tapestry of Youth
Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti:Sapphire Laser

Max Rich
Hyunjoon Kong Laboratory

Funded by an NSF Science and Technology Center

An intermediate stage in muscle development is the formation of myotubes, long thin structures that will grow into muscle fibers. The patterns seen in this image are created by myotubes grown in a gel matrix. Observing how myotubes develop in laboratory conditions aids in the understanding of how skeletal muscle tissue develops. This knowledge can help us to better understand how the environment around cells guides development, and how to treat diseases that affect the muscles.