These images were singled out in past years in the GE Healthcare Cell Imaging Competition. Entries for the 2013 competition are being accepted through October 15th, so stay tuned for another showcase of beautiful cells from researchers around the world. In the meantime, click through the photos to learn more about how each image was sequenced.
"Draw what you see." This most basic of lessons tends to apply obviously to the macroscopic, the forms that we can see with the unassisted human eye. In the visualization of microscopic subjects, we often rely on loose approximations or vague indications of the actual object’s appearance. My search for science-based artists uncovers many who claim only a scientific aesthetic, an image simply reminiscent of some scientific phenomenon, but symbolic of something else entirely.
Anything with a diameter less than about half a micrometre cannot be seen, even with the help of a light microscope—the wavelengths of light in the visible spectrum dwarf that distance. Goodsell uses data from atomic structure analysis, electron microscopy, and biochemical analysis to portray an accurate number, size, shape, and placement of molecules. This diligence combined with his brilliant sense of color and design results in informative and beautiful ink and watercolor art that provides a very literal look into the complex cores of our beings.