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Image of the Week: Season’s Greetings

24 Dec, 2014

B0009403 Multi-sized beads (constellation stained), fluorescence


Reminiscent of fairy lights sparkling on a Christmas tree, this is our final image of the week post for 2014.

The image above shows multi-sized beads (constellation stained microspheres) tagged with fluorescent colours undergoing fluorescence microscopy. Electric blue, lime green and specks of lavender are dispersed across the screen. These beads are used as a test sample to prepare and allow the microscope to be set up, adjusted and calibrated without the need to use a precious sample.

The Wellcome Trust office is closed between 24th December and 5th January, so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas. We know that some of you will be working during the festive period – indeed some of our researchers have given up their Christmas break to help in countries affected by Ebola and we extend our good wishes to them especially.

It’s been a busy year at Trust HQ, and we are looking forward to continuing to support great people, projects and research in 2015. We hope you’ll join us on the journey.

Image credit: Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen, Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most unusual collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Over 100,000 high resolution images from our historical collections are now free to use under the Creative Commons-Attribution only (CC-BY) licence.

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  1. 25 Dec, 2014 10:42 am

    beautiful post and beautiful picture

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