Beautiful Science

A mouse's retina captured by scientists at the National Centre for Microscopy and Imaging Research at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health. The confocal microscope image, which depicts
PHOTO: COURTESY OF KEUNYOUNG KIM, WONKYU JU AND MARK ELLISMAN OF THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR MICROSCOPY AND IMAGING RESEARCH

A mouse's retina captured by scientists at the National Centre for Microscopy and Imaging Research at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health.

The confocal microscope image, which depicts a mouse's retina sparkling with fluorescent molecules, has won first prize in the United States National Institutes of Health's 2016 Combined Federal Campaign "Beauty of Science", an arts competition to inspire awareness and support of federal scientific efforts.

The image was featured in a study published last year by researchers investigating potential restorative therapies for glaucoma, a progressive disease involving damage to the eye's optic nerve and irreversible vision loss, said the university.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2016, with the headline 'Beautiful Science'. Print Edition | Subscribe