Science Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Published on 
March 17, 2015
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While it’s no decades-old tradition like dyeing the Chicago River, fluorescent green dye plays a crucial role in medical research by marking microscopic structures like neurons and stem cells. In honor of St. Patty’s Day, here are a few of our favorite images that will have you seeing green. Can you guess what each picture shows?

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Top Left: Merged image showing the differences in axon and dendrite growth between media with leptin (red) and with leptin and testosterone (green). Credit: Chien-Hua Wang, PhD, Richard Simerly, PhD, Developmental Neuroscience Program at The Saban Research Institute

Top Right: Leptin-sensitive neurons. Credit: Sebastien Bouret, PhD, Developmental Neuroscience Program at The Saban Research Institute

Bottom Left: Live imaging of stem cell lines HES3 and ENVY. Credit: Matthew Thornton, Research Lab Specialist at The Saban Research Institute

Bottom Right: Confocal image of an adult zebrafish heart showing the endothelial lining cells of the coronary vessels (green) and the endocardium and bulbus arteriosis (red). Credit: Michael Harrison, PhD, Ellen Lien, PhD, Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program at The Saban Research Institute