Proof by the image

Jessica decided to participate in the “Proof by the image” contest (La preuve par l’image in french) of the 88th Acfas Congress. I share with you her photo and text. Good luck Jessica!


The butterfly effect

“Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” wondered the meteorologist Edward Lorenz in 1972. Small events can indeed act as catalysts and cause major impacts on a complex system. In the complex structure of the brain, the “heart” of this butterfly effect is the choroid plexus. This epithelial tissue, present in each of the ventricles of our brain, produces the cerebrospinal fluid on a daily basis and synthesizes important molecules necessary for proper brain functions. What makes the heart beat is engraved in the memory…

Enlarged photo of the choroid plexus (the heart of the butterfly) located in the third ventricle of a mouse brain. Sagittal section of brain stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Photo taken with a NanoZoomer.