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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti:sapphire laser
Caroline Cvetkovic
Rashid Bashir Laboratory
Funded by the NSF

In order to better understand and diagnose disease, bioengineers are developing living cellular machines: laboratory devices in which inorganic and organic parts are integrated. To do this, they need a way to encourage the development and interaction of different cell types. The bright reds and greens in this image come from neurons and support cells, demonstrating that researchers can successfully induce the development of specific desired cell types in the laboratory.