The welcome collection has recently announced the winners of 11th Welcome Image Awards, which recognises the most remarkable and technical images produced. One of those award winning images strikingly shows cell division and gene expression in the stem of a thale cress seedling. The image displays a micrograph of fluorescent proteins which are produced in the plant when gene expression is occurring. I was struck by how un-natural the image looked. This helps to create a real sense of wonder and intrigue into the workings of a natural process. Images like this play a really important role in grabbing public attention and I am sure the image will inspire further interest and work into the essential study of gene expression and plant biology.
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