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The Art in Science

Product Image Mousasaurus


Daniel McIntyre, Research Technician, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

Although this newborn mouse’s skeleton lacks the symmetry and smooth colors of a Georgia O’Keefe painting, the abstraction hints at the symbolism found in so many of her works. To achieve this image, the soft tissues were first dissolved away with a mixture of enzymes and chemicals, and the remaining boney structures were treated with visible dyes to distinguish between ossified bone (green) and cartilage (rusty red). The result is a more realistic rendition of the skeleton, both an artistic and scientific bonus.