PICTURES: Best Microscopic-Life Images of 2009 Named

PICTURES: Best Microscopic-Life Images of 2009 Named
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Tenth Place: ALS Stem Cells

An image of motor nerve cells of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)--also known as Lou Gehrig's disease--(pictured above) earned tenth place in the 2009 BioScapes competition.

The nerve cells were created by stem cells taken from the skin cells of an 83-year-old ALS patient.

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Scientists are using stem cells and experiments in animals to better understand what triggers motor nerve cells to die in people with ALS.

The image was made by Gist Croft and Mackenzie Weygandt, both of New Yorks Columbia University and Project ALS.
— Photograph courtesy Gist Croft and Mackenzie Weygandt, Olympus BioScapes
 
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