A cluster of breast cancer cells showing visual evidence of programmed cell death (apoptosis) in yellow.
The Wellcome Trust has just announced the winners of this year’s Wellcome Image Awards (previously known as the Biomedical Image Awards):
The 22 award-winning images for this year all have a fascinating story to tell, including:
Red blood cells oozing from a ruptured vessel – revealing how a genetic mutation can lead to haemorrhaging similar to that seen in the blood vessels that feed developing cancers, by Anne Weston, Cancer Research UK. The image of a circle of DNA, created using a molecular dynamics simulation to study whether clay nanomaterials could have played a role in the origins of life by protecting DNA in extreme conditions, has been made by Mary-Ann Thyveetil of University College London. A mouse embryo, using a new technique – optical projection tomography – to examine internal structures, without the need for cutting sections, by James Sharpe Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh. Image of crystals of oxidised vitamin C by Spike Walker reveals the beautiful, almost marine-like shapes created by the crystallisation of this important vitamin. The ease with which vitamin C is oxidised is vitally important in protecting cells from damaging free radicals.
More after the jump. Take a stroll through an online gallery: Wellcome Image Awards 2008