Cel­lu­lar im­ages pop to life

Modern Healthcare - - OUT LIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Part of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion’s mis­sion state­ment is “to pro­mote the art and sci­ence of medicine.” The Univer­sity of Illi­nois In­sti­tute for Ge­nomic Bi­ol­ogy is putting an em­pha­sis on the artis­tic side of the sci­ence with an ex­hibit that fea­tures mag­ni­fied im­ages of what the in­sti­tute’s sci­en­tists find un­der their mi­cro­scopes.

For ex­am­ple, the im­age “Pow­er­houses of the Cell,” shows mi­to­chon­dria at work in­side hu­man col­orec­tal cancer cells in vivid col­ors, while the im­age “Cos­mic Kid­ney Stones” il­lus­trates how hu­man kid­ney stones can take on an as­sort­ment of shapes and forms—from grape­like clus­ters to what look like jagged shards of glass.

“The im­ages rep­re­sent much more than art,” said Glenn Fried, the in­sti­tute’s core fa­cil­i­ties di­rec­tor, in a news re­lease. “They rep­re­sent sci­en­tific break­throughs and dis­cov­er­ies that will im­pact how we treat hu­man dis­eases, pro­duce abun­dant food and fuel a tech­no­log­i­cally driven so­ci­ety.”

The un­usual ex­hibit is be­ing shown in un­con­ven­tional lo­ca­tions: O’Hare and Mid­way air­ports in Chicago and the Univer­sity of Illi­nois’ Wil­lard Air­port in Savoy, Ill.

They may look like a bunch of rocks, but those are kid­ney stones.

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