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Small World: HeLa Cell Photomicrography

by Mar. 7, 2017, 11:31 AM

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This magnified image of a cancer cell dividing into two daughter cells placed 12th in the international 2016 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Photographed by Dylan Burnette, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, the image was captured using a structured illumination microscope, which shines different patterns of light on a sample to reveal information that is normally blurred by older microscope designs. This particular cancer cell is part of a line called “HeLa,” isolated in 1951 from a woman named Henrietta Lacks, the subject of the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.