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Cell Science as Art

There are over a hundred trillion cells in the human body; more than there are galaxies in the universe. Scientists investigating the body use advanced imaging systems, like GE Healthcare's high-content analysis system, the IN Cell Analyzer, to look into the body's cells. Researchers looking for new medicines need to see how drugs affect cells involved in disease processes. This could help indicate whether to take a drug compound forward for more testing. Knowing more about disease in its earliest stages and catching it sooner can help lead to improved treatment for patients and lower costs. This process begins at the cellular level.

But beyond helping scientists get a better understanding of diseases and drugs to treat them, images delivered by IN Cell Analyzer can also be stunning pieces of art.

That's why, every year, we ask our users to submit their images to our IN Cell Image competition. More than 80 fabulous images were submitted by researchers worldwide in last year's competition, covering a range of application areas such as toxicology, cancer and neurology.

Smart Art
Stunning images of life at the cellular level were captured using GE Healthcare's IN Cell Analyzer.

Broadway Bound
The three winning images from GE Healthcare's IN Cell Image Competition were on display on NBC's high-definition screen in New York City's Times Square in March 2009.

An expert scientific panel short-listed 30 entries, after which 2,000 scientists chose their favorite image in a public vote. Three winners were duly selected, one from North America, one from the Asia region and one from Europe, and their outstanding images of life at the cellular level were displayed on NBC's high-definition screen at Times Square, New York city, in March 2009.

Carmen Laethem of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and winner of the North America category says: "I think this contest is great. It shows people that science is beautiful, these cells are beautiful and that science is actually a fun thing to do."