Heart-builder COS cells plan the heart cell architecture
By James Dacey
Although this colourful image may strongly resemble the Crab Nebula, it is in fact a type of cell called a COS cell, found in the human heart where they regulate the structure of biological tissue. The image was produced in by Joseph Dwyer at King’s College London, who stained an isolated cell using fluorescent antibodies before capturing the image with a microscope. The image was one of seven short-listed for a competition ‘Reflections of Research’, which was held of the British Heart foundation. You can see the other impressive images here.