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Through the Looking Glass


An explosive image of an intranasal fungal infection.

Alberto Berjón (@otromicroscopio)

Hand Osteoarthritis

A medical artist’s representation of osteoarthritis within the joints of the hand.

Francesca Corra

Abn Myelin

This electron micrograph shows remyelination in a case of chronic demyelinating polyneuropathy (biopsy taken from a 57-year-old woman).

Rosalind King

Dissection in Blue

This mixed media image on paper shows surgical treatment of an acute aortic dissection.

David R S Evans, Cardiff University, Affiliate Member of the Medical Artists’ Association

Rat Glomerulus

This sample was fixed with glutaraldehyde, dehydrated with alcohol, and then critically point dried. After mounting on stubs, it was sputter-coated with gold for electron microscopy.

Glenn M Harper, Plymouth Electron Microscopy, University of Plymouth

Rat Kidney

3D reconstruction from 651 hematoxylin and eosin stained sections, in semi- translucent view, generated with microDimensions Voloom®.



A small collection of electron micrographs of a photogenic Giardia lamblia selected from enterobiopsies.

Josef Špaček

Voronoi Mosaic

This tissue section of an oral squamous cell carcinoma was scanned with whole- slide imaging and segmented, followed by Voronoi diagram calculation. Small polygons are mostly stromal cells, whereas larger polygons are epithelial cells from glands.

Martial Guillaud

Foot and Mouth

A low power image showing a foot and mouth disease lesion in a section of bovine tongue. Blue: cell nuclei, green: actin filaments, red: foot and mouth disease virus.

Jennifer Simpson

Asteroid Hyalosis

This degenerative ophthalmic condition occurs when “asteroids” – calcium-lipid globules – accumulate in the vitreous humor of the eye, giving the appearance of stars in the night sky.

Natalie Cook

Broccoli Bacteria

Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli grows actin “feet” to attach itself to the wall of the intestine, causing infection. Taken on a ZEISS field emission scanning electron microscope.

Manfred Rohde, HZI Braunschweig; ZEISS Microscopy

Ruptured Venule

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a ruptured venule running through fatty tissue. Stacked red blood cells (rouleaux formation) and white blood cells are seen within the venule.

Steve Gschmeissner (

On the Move

A low power image showing the spread of foot and mouth disease virus in a porcine interdigital lesion. The necrotic region of the lesion is on the right; on the left are infected cells with normal epithelium. Blue: cell nuclei, red: foot and mouth disease virus.

Jennifer Simpson

Pathology Reportage

Clockwise from top left: the rectification room, where plaster casts are carefully refined in the prosthetics department; the busy clinical chemistry laboratory; the histopathology laboratory; the cut- up room, as pathologists examine biopsies; PAPNET, a new cytologic screening technology under trial.

Julia Midgley; images from “Drawn From Experience” project except top, from “War Art and Surgery” project

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About the Author
Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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