Honorable Mention - Muscle Sarcomeres, Amy Adkins

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This image captures muscle sarcomeres, the smallest functional unit of muscle, from inside a living human. The consecutive green lines in the image shows the naturally occurring arrangement of sarcomeres. A whole muscle (ex. biceps) is made up of hundreds of thousands of sarcomeres.

For the biceps to produce force, these individual sarcomeres need to be shortened (green lines would come closer together).  With the advent of this imaging technique (second harmonic generation microendoscopy) we are able to study how muscle sarcomeres change due to disease or following an injury or surgery. 

Amy Adkins 

Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Tools & Techniques: “Zebrascope” - second harmonic generation microendoscopy

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