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Art of Science Gallery 06

Enemy Worlds

Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti:sapphire laser

Jee-Wei (Emily) Chen

Brendan Harley Laboratory

Funded by the Illini 4000 and the Mayo Clinic – University of Illinois Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare

The vivid green and blue colors seen in this image mark the structures and nuclei of the cells that cause glioblastoma multiforme, a common and lethal form of brain cancer. Researchers have invented a biomaterial, a special gel, which mimics the conditions of the brain and allows them to more easily study how these cancer cells multiply and spread. This new technology will help identify advanced therapies that improve patient survival.