Microscopic viewpoints, computer-generated models, intricate tracings and more — see a new side of science.

SciShots: The labyrinthian protein factory of the cell

Graphics software for microscope imagery lights up the endoplasmic reticulum 

SciShots: How the brain plugs leaks

A delicate molecular dance maintains the blood-brain barrier, protecting the brain while allowing transport of necessary resources

SciShots: Gentle imaging for delicate cells

Examining fine details for longer time periods

SciShots: Modeling for the masses

New tool helps scientists see how E. coli finds its center

SciShots: Rare kraken cell line released

Illuminating structures in Magnumlolligo glacies cells with unprecedented detail

SciShots: One happy cell (nucleus)

Explorations of the nuclear envelope, the thin membrane surrounding a cell’s chromosomes, reveal unexpected wrinkles 

SciShots: A sneak peek of a new Alzheimer’s disease project

Researchers are in the early stages of investigating the brain cells most vulnerable to this devastating form of dementia 

SciShots: Neurons in crisp, clear detail

Electron microscopy reveals the stunning 3D shapes of mouse visual neurons

SciShots: A crown of neurons

Brain-wide neuron tracing of cells in the mouse claustrum, a mysterious structure that’s highly connected to the rest of the brain

SciShots: A neuron’s love connection

A specialized team of neuroscientists at the Allen Institute spend their days painstakingly tracing neurons’ complex branching structures 

SciShots: A cell’s fate

Synthetic biology is helping scientists understand development

SciShots: Cellular scaffolding

Computer animation techniques light up cells’ inner workings

SciShots: A star-shaped human brain cell

Scientists catch a glimpse of a rare kind of human astrocyte

SciShots: An assortment of heart cells

Scientists are capturing the wide visual diversity of human cells

SciShots: Mini-brains

Lab-grown mini-organs are helping scientists understand how our own brains evolved