Giant liposomes: these artificially prepared structures can be filled with drugs and are used for cancer treatment and other diseases.
Embryonic ear tissue: the cochlea is the auditory portion of the inner ear and is key to further understanding hearing loss.
Mouse nerves: used to study brain interactions with the human eye.
Mast cells: found in several types of tissues, mast cells are best known for their roles in allergies, wound healing and defense. These, extracted from collagen fibers were used to study conjunctivitis -- more commonly known as pink eye.
Cultured cells: grown on a bio-polymer scaffold to research joint replacement therapies.
Cancer cells: HeLa cells are a type of immortal cell commonly used in cancer research.
Breast cancer: a 3D culture of breast cancer cells used for research.
Mouse intenstine: stem cells extracted from the small intestine of a mouse used for colon and rectal cancer research.
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The Amazing Human Body: The mysteries of the human body have long fascinated scientists. In this gallery, find amazing images taken from the human body, as well as images from research focusing on improving the health of humans, showcased at Nikon's annual Small World Photomicrography Competition.