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Product Image Belly Bubbles

Belly Bubbles

Li-Jyun Syu, Ph.D., Research Laboratory Specialist, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School

This is a microscopic image of mouse stomach engineered to produce a molecule called interferon gamma, involved in stomach inflammation.  The brilliant colors in this image are fluorescent stains used to identify different cells and structures found in the stomach.  DNA is blue; acid-producing cells are green; and rapidly dividing cells are red.  When compared to normal mouse stomach, interferon gamma over-expression increases the number of dividing cells. The image was digitally modified to produce a bubble-like effect.