Creative musings in bright colors


Since I am still not quite as good with my non-dominant hand, I went with something more simple (yet still neurosciency) on my other hand for the conference! I present: a neuron! Unlike the one on the pointer of my other hand (see Friday’s post), this is a neuron from the central rather than peripheral nervous system. I didn’t really have a specific neuronal type in mind, but I would guess hippocampal if I had to.


Real neurons can be very very long, and the cell body to axon ratio is insane. Of course, I had to make them fit across my nails. So the ratio is not real. It’s a cartoon! But of course, I had to myelinate it :-p


photo 5

– Black: Zoya – Storm
– Green: Essie – The More The Merrier (here, the cell cytoplasm)
– Blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue (here, the cell nucleus)
– Grey: NYC – Sidewalkers (here, the myelin sheath)


Most of the things here are actually somewhat real-colored, in terms of staining. DAPI is a common reagent used to stain the cell nucleus and it is blue. Many of my cells are green due to a GFP tag on a cytoplasmic protein. Mylein is generally shown in grey (don’t ask me why exactly). Enjoy!

***Other news: I am (yet again) entered in a nail art contest over at Nail Polish Canada. I would be very much obliged if you clicked this link, scrolled to the bottom, and voted for ‘flightofwhimsy’. Thank you! 🙂 ***

Comments on: "Neuron" (10)

  1. Hey Eva! Can I borrow that grey polish? I have Transverse Myelitis. Maybe if I just “paint” the myelin back on my spine? LOL

    • oh no! haha…well, unfortunately, I don’t think that will work out so well! Polish isn’t the best neuro-insulator. 😦

  2. Voted for you XX

  3. Lovely, and I really like the contrast between the background and that neuron, pretty : ))

  4. I really like to see these “nail-pictures!” Now I have another topic to “google” to have any idea what I am seeing.
    Great job!

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