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Detailed image of the human retina

Researchers from Basel and Zurich are creating a high-​resolution atlas that depicts the development of the human retina. One technique they use is a new method that allows them to visualise more than 50 proteins simultaneously.

4i image of the cross-​section of a retinal organoid, which is about one millimetre in length. A section of it is shown above. (Photograph: Wahle et al. Nature Biotechnology 2023)


  • A new atlas illustrates how the human retina is developing.
  • To create it, researchers mapped three-​dimensional tissue structures called organoids that they had cultivated in their lab.
  • The atlas could support research to halt the progression of a degenerative eye disease that can cause people lose their sight.

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Fabio Bergamin