In a journal like Development, full of beautiful immunofluorescence images of developing tissues and organisms, it’s quite rare that a picture of stem cells stands out from an aesthetic point of view. Cells growing in a dish just aren’t quite as pretty as multicolour embryos or organs. At least, that’s the impression that we get when looking through the images submitted to the journal as potential cover pictures. But Erin’s posts here on the Node have shown us that pictures of stem cells can be both beautiful and informative, and now we want to give you the chance to prove that a stem cell can be just as eye-catching as a developing pancreas or fly eye.
Do you have a picture of stem cells (either growing in culture, or in their native environment) that you’re particularly proud of? If so, we want to hear from you! Email your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 13th to be in with a chance of winning our image competition. Shortlisted images will be posted on the Node for a public vote, and the winner will grace the cover of a future issue of Development, and will be featured on the stem cell pages we’re currently developing for the journal’s website.