Scientists frequently use specialized imaging techniques such as scanning electron microscopy -- also called SEM -- to get extremely close up views of cells, tissue, proteins and membranes. At times those images are gorgeous, but no one sees them, except for other researchers in the lab. What luck, then, that we all get to see these images, which won recognition in a photo competition to celebrate the launch of a new Institute of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London.
The institute was conceived to develop medical technologies and treatments for patients at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and other major London hospitals.
: The winning image titled "Bouquet" comes from Kseniya Shuturminska and is a false-colored scanning electron microscopy image of an apatite-like mineral grown in the presence of proteins.