Honorable Mention, Noninteractive Media: "Fighting Infection by Clonal Selection"
Even bacteria that cause strep throat can be beautiful, as seen in the above animation of the body's immune system response.
The picture, which won an honorable mention in the noninteractive media category of the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, depicts how immune system cells can ride to the rescue and destroy the harmful bacteria.
"We hope that the animation
will pique people's interest in how the immune system works ... ," said Etsuko Uno of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, who won the prize with colleague Drew Berry.
Image courtesy Etsuko Uno and Drew Barry; The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research/Science