20 BioScapes Contest Photos--Life Viewed through the Microscope

Winners and other images from the 2008 BioScapes Photo Competition use light microscopes to portray extraordinary images of biological specimens
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Mr. Thomas Deerinck--Honorable Mention

Cerebral cortex vasculature: In situ imaging of the superficial vasculature of rat cerebral cortex by wide-field confocal microscopy. Efforts are underway to improve visualization of specific features of the brain using in situ multiple-dye labeling.....[ More ]

Mr. Christian Gautier--Honorable Mention

Cat tongue. Transverse section captured at 20X using bright-field microscopy.
Christian Gautier, Le Mans, France.....[ More ]

Mr. Viktor Sýkora--Honorable Mention

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)--detail of fruit. Image captured at 10X using a stereo microscope and dark-field illumination.
Viktor Sýkora, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.....[ More ]

Mrs. Tora Bardal--Honorable Mention

Lobster eggs, magnified 1.25X.
Tora Bardal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.....[ More ]

Dr. Giuliano Zanchetta--Honorable Mention

This image reproduces the focal conics texture of the columnar liquid crystalline (LC) phase of small fragments of double-stranded DNA (12-nucleotide-long, self-complementary sequences: CGCGAATTCGCG).....[ More ]

Dr. Sara Lindsay--Honorable Mention

Muscles in a marine worm head. Feeding, burrowing and building tubes in sand and mud requires coordination of a surprisingly complex complement of muscles in marine worms. In this depth-coded confocal image, the muscles of a spionid polychaete are revealed in a 20X, depth-coded, maximum-intensity projection, montage of two separate images.....[ More ]

Dr. Michael Veeman--Honorable Mention

Juvenile sea squirt ( Ascidiella aspersa ). The three sets of rings are the forming musculature around the oral [ top ] and atrial [ lower two ] siphons. Other visible structures include the esophagus, stomach, endostyle, peripharyngeal band and gill slits.....[ More ]

Dr. Alvaro Migotto--Honorable Mention

Mantis shrimp larva. Captured using stereomicroscopy and dark-field illumination.
Alvaro Migotto, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.....[ More ]

Mr. Ralph Grimm--Honorable Mention

Eye of a honeybee ( Apis mellifera ) 40X.
Ralph Grimm, Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia.....[ More ]

Mr. Earl Nishiguchi--Honorable Mention

Daphnia, live. Image captured in dark field at 45X.
Earl Nishiguchi, University of Hawaii, Lihue, Hawaii, U.S.....[ More ]

10. Dr. Petr Znachor

Starlike colonial diatom imaged with fluorescence microscopy. Green indicates newly deposited silica; red is chlorophyll.
Petr Znachor, Institute of Hydrobiology, Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic.....[ More ]

9. Mr. Charles Krebs

Jewel beetle, Chrysochroa fulgens, including part of the beetle's eye [ upper right ], viewed at approximately 40X using diffuse reflected light. Multiple images were combined for extended depth of field.....[ More ]

8. Mr. Gerd Guenther

Trichodina pediculus , a "hydra bug". Image captured at about 600X magnification using differential interference contrast.
Gerd Günther, Düsseldorf, Germany.....[ More ]

7. Dr. Neal Melvin

The adult mouse hippocampus, located in the temporal lobe of the brain.
Dr. Neal Melvin, University of Texas, Department of Psychiatry, Dallas, Tex., U.S.....[ More ]

6. Mr. David Walker

Snail radula, a toothed, chitinous ribbon used for scraping, cutting and chewing food. Image captured at 30X magnification.
David Walker, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, U.K.....[ More ]

5. Dr. Shirley Owens

Silphium perfoliatum . The cup plant, showing mature pollen in branched stigmata. The pollen grains are numerous and small with spiked outer walls. Sixty optical sections were used for the extended-focus image.....[ More ]

4. Dr. Albert Pan

"Brainbow" zebra fish. Neurons are labeled in multiple colors with Brainbow fluorescence microscopy. Three fluorescent
proteins (cyan, yellow and red) are randomly taken up by various neurons, offering a palette of dozens of colors to help scientists follow complex neural pathways.....[ More ]

3. Dr. Stephen Nagy

Extinct fossil diatom from Tertiary deposits in Dunkirk, Md. The interference contrast image was captured using a 40X objective.
Dr. Stephen Nagy, Helena, Mont., U.S.....[ More ]

2. Mr. Thomas Shearer

Agatized petrified wood. Photo was captured using polarized light.
Thomas Shearer, Duluth, Minn., U.S.....[ More ]

1. Mr. Spike Walker

Fairy fly. Actually a type of wasp, it is one of the smallest insects in the world, at only 0.21 millimeter long. Originally captured using Rheinberg illumination.
Spike Walker, Penkridge, Staffordshire, U.K.....[ More ]

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