The survival of tumor cells depends both on their own characteristics and on the parameters of the microenvironment, which consists of vessels, cells of the immune system, connective tissue components and the extracellular matrix, nerve and endocrine cells may also be present.
Early stage mouse embryos at the blastomere stage are visualized in this photo. When embryos were presented as two blastomeres, researchers introduced two different color fluorescent proteins inside each one and, according to the color of the daughter blastomeres, it is possible to see from which maternal cell they did originate.
This image was created by Emma Vought from the Medical University of South Carolina, who works there as a multimedia specialist and has a master’s degree in medical illustrations.
In the image: microglia phagocytosis of the stressed neuron.