The Broad's festive science images, part 1: Dendritic networks

Leah Eisenstadt, December 24th, 2010 | Filed under
  • Cracked ice
    Image courtesy of

Here at the BroadMinded Blog, we polled the Broad community for their best holiday-themed scientific imagery — and we got some wonderful responses. We'll be taking a break until the new year, but in the meantime, enjoy these gorgeous biological images sure to keep you in the holiday spirit. Check back each day for a new entry. See you in 2011!

This pair of images below displays neuronal dendrites, which resemble wintry, cracked ice on a frozen pond.

Neurons (left) labeled with a fluorescent tag that marks dendrites. The image was processed (right) using CellProfiler and ImageJ software, which enhance tubular shapes to allow measurement of dendrite length.
Image courtesy of David Logan, Thomas Nieland, and Anne Carpenter