PICTURES: Best Microscopic-Life Images of 2009 Named

PICTURES: Best Microscopic-Life Images of 2009 Named
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Second Place: Colorful Protein

What looks like a jumble of colorful yarn is actually a protein being created as cells divide. The above image, which won second place in the 2009 BioScapes microscope-imaging competition, is possibly the first high-resolution, 3-D image of the protein.

Biologist Chung-Ju Rachel Wang, of the University of California, Berkeley, photographed the protein's two parallel axes twisting around each other in a helix formation, then digitally colored the result to make the various parts recognizable.
— Photograph courtesy Chung-Ju Rachel Wang, Olympus BioScapes
 
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