Cancer Research UK scientist wins Wellcome Image Award
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Dr Anne Weston, an electron microscopist at Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute, has once again been successful in the annual Wellcome Image Awards, following her two accolades last time around.
This year, Dr Weston's winning image shows the underside of a sticking plaster that has been used to treat a razor blade cut.
Red blood cells are clearly visible among fine strands of fibrin - a protein formed from the conversion of clotting factors which traps blood cells and platelets to prevent further bleeding and stop the wound from becoming infected.
The image was created after Dr Weston applied a sticking plaster to her own finger.
She used it to demonstrate the magnifying power of the scanning electron microscope to a visiting work experience student.
Dr Weston said: "Given the quality of the competition I'm really pleased to have received an award from the Wellcome Image Awards.
"Although it didn't quite involve sweat and tears there was definitely blood involved in creating the images!"
Dr Weston explained that her team normally uses the scanning electron microscope to take pictures of the workings of healthy and cancerous cells.
"Our images allow scientists to see what is happening on the surface of cells to get a better understanding of what goes wrong in cancer. Or if we need to look inside the cells we use our other microscope, the transmission electron microscope, which allows us to see at an incredibly high magnification what may be going wrong inside the cell," she revealed.
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