Core News: New USPS stamps have Baylor College of Medicine connection
Dec. 13, 2022 – The U.S. Postal Service announced seven new stamp subjects for 2023, and this round there is a Houston connection. Two images produced by Jason Kirk, Director of the Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core at Baylor College of Medicine, were chosen as part of the Life Magnified category. They are among 20 different images chosen by the USPS that capture details of life undetectable by the human eye. They are taken with microscopes and highly specialized photographic techniques that can capture the fine details found in nature and in many cases used in scientific research.
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The Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and cutting-edge imaging/image analysis tools for the research applications of a broad range of Baylor College of Medicine investigators. This core is dedicated to vital and intravital imaging of cellular processes within cells, intact tissue explants, developing embryos and functioning organs within the live animal. Our users are focused on a variety of applications such as understanding cell migration, optimizing angiogenic therapies, how blood flow influences development and cancer, immune cell recruitment, stem cell-niche interactions and cancer metastasis.
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From the Labs Image of the Month
- The image is a human breast cancer organoid in a collagen-based 3D matrix. The image was captured on the Zeiss LSM 880 with Airyscan FAST Confocal Microscope in the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core at Baylor.