Cellular images pop to life
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.