PHOTOS: Best Science Images of 2008 Announced

PHOTOS: Best Science Images of 2008
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Honorable Mention, Illustration: "3D Imaging of Mammalian Cells with Ion-Abrasion Scanning Electron Microscopy"

A computer image provides an intimate look at one of humanity's great enemies--the melanoma cell.

The cancer cell's pink mitochondria and gold endoplasmic reticulum--a network of vesicles and sacs--swirl around a dark nucleus. The rendering was awarded an honorable mention in the illustration category of the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Donald Bliss and Sriram Subramaniam of the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine created the image by "sandblasting" the cell with ions of the element gallium.
—Image courtesy Donald Bliss and Sriram Subramaniam; National Library of Medicine, NIH/Science
 
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