Inspired form the ‘Lord of the Rings’ the image depicts the birth of the nervous system in the middle. The neural tube flanked by a pair of somites with the notochord on one side and the future epithelium on the other is shown. The three large neurons surrounding the ring illustrate the ultimate manifestation of the units that will build the brain. The original message of Sauron has been replaced with “giving thought to life”.
Illustration by Ipsa Jain (MRDG, IISc, Bangalore)