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Confocal micrograph showing nerve cells growing along fibers (purple) made from a specially modified silk that is similar to that made by spiders and silkworms. Schwann cells, whose nuclei are shown in blue, attach to the fibers and support the growth of the nerve cells. This system is being looked at as a possible treatment for damaged nerves and, in the long term, spinal cord damage. This image (www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/38921) was prepared by John Priestley and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License.

Confocal micrograph showing nerve cells growing along fibers (purple) made from a specially modified silk that is similar to that made by spiders and silkworms. Schwann cells, whose nuclei are shown in blue, attach to the fibers and support the growth of the nerve cells. This system is being looked at as a possible treatment for damaged nerves and, in the long term, spinal cord damage. This image(www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/38921) was prepared by John Priestley and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License.

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The Cell Image Library (www.cellimagelibrary.org) is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells. Portions of the Cell Image Library were developed by ASCB under a Grand Opportunities grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and are now managed by the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research under a perpetual license from ASCB.

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David Orloff

David Orloff is a Project Director for the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research at UCSD working on the Cell Image Library project. The Cell: An Image Library™ is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of images, videos, and animations of cells, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.