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Biomedicine in museums

2008 Wellcome Image Awards — biomedical pictures galore

This year’s Wellcome Image Awards were announced Tuesday night. The 22 images chosen by a jury from the huge collection in the Wellcome Library’s image repository (Wellcome Images) will be shown in the Wellcome Collection foyer at 183 Euston Rd., London, until some time this summer—and then at the leading Japanese science center, Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in Tokyo.

It’s an amazing feast for they eye; showing an array of images of tissue, cellular and molecular structures produced by a variety of impressive imaging technologies, displayed in dazzling enhanced colours—like this scanning electron micrograph of prostate cancer cells by Annie Cavanagh at the Multimedia Unit of the School of Pharmacy, University of London:

 And there are many more here.

Despite all this impressive biomedical beauty, I have some critical remarks, both about the selection of images, and the genre as such. Will be back later tonight when I have sorted out my views.

Thomas Söderqvist

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