Wellcome Image Awards 2012:Amazing Scenes Of Medical Science Under A Microscope (PHOTOS)
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Wellcome Image Awards 2012:Amazing Scenes Of Medical Science Under A Microscope (PHOTOS)

London : United Kingdom | Jun 23, 2012 at 1:14 AM PDT
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Every year, Wellcome Collection on Euston Road selects the most striking recent images from across science and medicine.

The winners of the 2012 Wellcome Image Awards range from a time-lapse photo of cancer cell undergoing mitosis to a micrograph depicting caffeine crystals and a chicken embryo’s blood vessels.

The winning image was taken by Robert Ludlow from UCL's Institute of Neurology during a surgical procedure to treat epilepsy.It was a close-up shot of the surface of living human's brain showing the arteries and veins that supply it with nutrients and oxygen.

The images include false-color and stained samples, which enhance their visibility. So while some of these colors might not exist in nature, they do a lot to spur curiosity and draw attention to the capabilities of modern medicine.

The following images are the 2012 winners, and include medical photography, as well as several kinds of high-tech microscopy.

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This photograph shows the surface (cortex) of a human brain belonging to an epileptic patient, displaying the arteries and veins that supply its nutrients and oxygen.
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  • 	This photograph shows the surface (cortex) of a human brain belonging to an epileptic patient, displaying the arteries and veins that supply its nutrients and oxygen.

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  • 	This composite confocal micrograph uses time-lapse photography to show a cancer cell (HeLa) undergoing cell division (mitosis). The DNA is shown in red, and the cell membrane is shown in cyan

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  • 	This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows connective tissue removed from a human knee during arthroscopic surgery. Individual fibres of collagen can be distinguished and have been highlighted by the creator using a variety of colours.

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  • 	This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows caffeine crystals. Caffeine is a bitter, crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug.

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  • 	This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows a lavender leaf (Lavandula), imaged at 200 microns. Lavender yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, which can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics and topical applications.

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  • 	This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows a moth fly (Psychodidae), also known as a drain fly.

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