Life As You've Never Seen It: 2011's Best Microscope Photos of the Human Body

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.

Giant liposomes

Giant liposomes: these artificially prepared structures can be filled with drugs and are used for cancer treatment and other diseases.

Dr. Jorge Bernardino de la Serna, Odense, Denmark

Embryonic Day 14

Embryonic ear tissue: the cochlea is the auditory portion of the inner ear and is key to further understanding hearing loss.

Dr. Vidhya Munnamalai/University of Washington

Mouse Nerve

Mouse nerves: used to study brain interactions with the human eye.

Gabriel Luna/UC Santa Barbara, Neuroscience Research Institute

Collagen Fibers

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.

Donald Pottle/The Schlepens Eye Research Institute

Cultured Cells

Cultured cells: grown on a bio-polymer scaffold to research joint replacement therapies.

Dr. Christopher Guerin/VIB (Flanders Institute of Biotechnology)

Cancer Cells

Cancer cells: HeLa cells are a type of immortal cell commonly used in cancer research.

Thomas Deerinck/National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer: a 3D culture of breast cancer cells used for research.

Dr. Jonatas Bussador do Amaral/Dr. Gláucia Maria Machado Santelli/University of São Paulo

Mouse Intestine

Mouse intenstine: stem cells extracted from the small intestine of a mouse used for colon and rectal cancer research.

Dr. Paul Appleton/University of Dundee

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Life As You've Never Seen It: 2011's Best Microscope Photos of the Human Body

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.

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