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Images with Impact category winners and runners-up announced

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Highlights from: 20 years of bioscience

After a gruelling judge's shortlist and a nation-wide public vote, BBSRC's Images with Impact category winners and runners-up have been selected. Below are the three category winners, decided by public vote.

These three images will now go head-to-head at the Great British Bioscience Festival, where the public will vote for the overall winner – with a total prize of £1000.

Find out more about the free Great British Bioscience Festival which will be held next week in Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green (November 14-16), at:

Category winners

Microtubules in vitro by Ian Newton

Copyright: Ian Newton
Copyright: Ian Newton

This image presents a surprising perspective on Microtubules In Vitro. Microtubules are found in eukaryotic cells where they help form a cells cytoskeleton. Amongst other roles they also play a part in cell division. The striking Edvard Munch-like image was taken by Ian Newton

Rib and muscle by Mohammad Hajihosseini

Copyright: Mohammad Hajihosseini
Copyright: Mohammad Hajihosseini

This image shows the beautiful arrangement of muscle bundles (in red) that surround and connect our rib bones (large blue circles) together. These muscles are generated during embryonic period through critical genetic interactions, and their rhythmic contraction throughout life is vital for proper expansion of rib cage to allow normal breathing.

Scanning electron microscopy of a polystyrene particle attached to a cleaning hair of an ant by Alexander Hackmann

Copyright: Alexander Hackmann
Copyright: Alexander Hackmann

In the course of evolution insects have developed a variety of strategies to reduce surface contamination. Ants clean their antennae with a sophisticated cleaning structure located on their forelegs. The so-called antenna cleaner is equipped with tiny hairs, which form combs and brush-like arrays, and vary in shape, size or spacing. The arrangement of different types of hair arrays on the same cleaning structure enables ants to remove surface contaminants of different sizes with a single cleaning movement. Understanding the cleaning mechanisms in insects might help to develop artificial devices for cleaning sensitive systems at a micro or nanoscale.

Runners up: Laurie Knight, Etheresia Pretorius and Laurence Jackson

To see the amazing runners-up and the other shortlisted images visit:


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