It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
Scientists and artists are curious about the world around them. They ask questions and produce creative, innovative solutions to problems. At times, their tools may differ. Most importantly, they are not mutually exclusive. At BioFrontiers, we celebrate the intersection of art and science as our ethos of innovation without boundaries extends beyond just the scientific disciplines.
Donated by NEST (Nature, Environment, Science & Technology) Studio for the Arts
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Lynn Sanford / Palmer Lab / BioFrontiers Institute: Primary hippocampal neurons can be genetically modified to express a fluorescent zinc sensor to measure zinc dynamics in real time. This image reveals one such modified neuron colored to show zinc sensor expression levels.
Christa Trexlar / Leinwand Lab / BioFrontiers Institute: The presence of estrogen (green) with the nucleus (blue) of an adult rat heart muscle cell (red) is shown. Identification and further research of estrogen’s role in maintaining cardiac health may lead to the development of treatments for a variety of cardiac diseases.
Ada Buvoli & Massimo Buvoli / Leinwand Lab / BioFrontiers Institute: A field of stem cells (blue) with several pre-muscle cells (red) are growing together to be used for the controlled study of skeletal muscle diseases.
Eric Bunker / Lui Lab / Biochemistry: Live-cell microscopy allows scientists to monitor cell division as it relates to wound healing in skin cells. This image highlights a cell growth regulator (red), a membrane-bound sensor for cell communication (green), and the nucleus of each cell (blue).
Joe Dragavon / BioFrontiers Institute: An entire mouse kidney-cross section was imaged using more than 2,500 unique images. Individual components of the mouse kidney are shown in green and red, while the numerous nuclei are blue.
“Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts is a network of faculty, students, centers and both institutional and individual partners that combine artistic practice and scientific research to explore our common and disparate ways of observing, recording, experimenting and knowing.
NEST develops exhibitions, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, funds graduate student's research and creative work—and its outreach—runs public programs and workshops, and hosts events with the clear mission of celebrating science and art as two complementary ways of thinking about the world inside and around us, and building bridges between scientists and artists in and around the University of Colorado Boulder.”