Guts & Glory

Lymari Lopez-Diaz, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan

The job of the intestine is to absorb food. To provide maximum surface area, the
absorptive surface of the intestine is shaped into billions of finger-like projections
called villi. This is a cross-section of one villus. The absorptive epithelial cells
are on the outside of the villus (green). The orange and yellow cells in the center
include blood vessels, nerves, muscle and immune cells, all of which function with
the epithelial cells as a cohesive unit designed for absorption.

Carole Nicholas

The colors of Guts and Glory are the reason I chose to
interpret this image in fabric. I like how the apple greens shade
to sunlit yellows and gold, then blend into dazzling oranges.
They seem to glow on the dark background. I thought it would
be a challenge to try to mimic the effect of the cells floating
by in a brilliant citrus stream.

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