Photomicrography Reveals The World’s Smallest Wonders

Eye Lights


This may appear to be a blurred-out image of a Christmas light show, or a vibrant bouquet of flowers, but it is in fact “Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion.” In more comprehensible English, they are nerve fibers in the eye of a baby chicken in the embryo stage. The axons send impulses to the chick’s brain. Each neuron is labeled with a different color by the genetic engineering technique called Brainbow. Pretty crazy, right? Dr. Ryo Egawa, a former researcher at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Nagoya, Japan captured this amazing photo.