The World in the Researcher’s Eyes

The Wellcome Image Awards judges have been looking for the most extraordinary images from research for exactly 20 years.

Iris clip lens in the eye
Iris clip lens in the eye Iris clips are artificial lenses that are pushed over the small incision to replace the original one. Anchors on both sides keep the visual aid permanently in position. With the category “Clinical Photography”, from which this winning entry comes, the “Wellcome Image Awards” honor the special challenges of documentary photography in hospitals.
Baby dwarf squid at one and a half centimeters
Baby dwarf squid at one and a half centimeters | The systems for a sophisticated camouflage are already recognizable in its coat: dwarf squids give luminescent bacteria a home there, whose light shields them from the moonlight that falls from above during the night hunt. To dose the brightness, use the ink bag, which already appears as a black spot here.
#breastcancer on Twitter
#breastcancer on Twitter | The graphic shows the relationship between Twitter accounts that send one of 92,915 tweets with the hashtag #breastcancer. Each point represents a user, the connecting lines stand for an interaction with another Twitterer. The bigger the points, the more influential the Twitterer.
One eye in view
An eye in the eye Model of the eye of a mini-pig made with a computer tomograph. The smallest blood vessels detected are only 20 to 30 micrometers in size. The researchers then used the measurements to produce a real 3-D printed model with a size of ten centimeters.
The placenta rainbow
The placenta rainbow | For this picture, placentas were stained by mice: blue shows cell nuclei, red blood vessels and green the trophoblasts, the first cells of the developing embryo. The differences that can be seen in the individual tissue sections are due to interventions in the mother’s immune system.

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