This event highlights winning entries in the awards given since 1997 by the British medical charity Wellcome Trust. These images are submitted by researchers and the winners then selected by an expert panel. They reveal features of complex systems invisible to the naked eye, and have strong artistic appeal. This exhibition at Miraikan will pick up around 80 of the best award-winning images since 1997, and is the first time they have been exhibited in Japan.
Also, in the exhibition space a microscope corner "Let's compare different cells" will allow visitors to investigate the micro world for themselves.
This event is accredited as part of "UK-Japan 2008" celebrating 150 years of UK-Japan diplomatic relations, organised by the British Embassy and British Council, a year-long season of exciting events, performances and exhibitions to showcase the UK's contemporary creativity in the arts, in science and innovation, and in creative industries.
Featured images (all Copyright Wellcome Images)
Picture 1) Housefly
Colour-enhanced image of a housefly (Musca domestica) on sugar crystals. To eat the sugar the fly releases its enzyme-containing saliva onto it, lets it digest, then sucks it all back up. Houseflies are well known for carrying gastrointestinal diseases such as Salmonella and dysentery but they can also spread tuberculosis, anthrax and other major illnesses through their habit of visiting decaying organic matter and faeces, as well as humans and their food.
Picture 2) Foot and mouth virus
Insight into a devastating virus: the scattering of X-rays when passed through a crystal of the foot-and-mouth virus creates a pattern on a photographic plate that can be analysed by a computer to produce this colourful representation of the virus's three-dimensional structure.
Picture 3) Nerve cells
A cluster of special nerve cells called cerebellar granule cells, growing in culture. These cells naturally gather together, and when placed in a culture dish covered in a particular protein, they start sending out long projections (yellow/ green) as they would in the developing brain.
Picture 4) Breast cancer cells
A clump of breast cancer cells. The blue cells are actively growing whereas the yellow ones are in the process of dying by programmed cell death (apoptosis) in the same way as the prostate cancer cells in the adjacent image. The many factors involved in the development of cancers, can affect cells in different organs in the generally the same ways to cause similar effects in different cell types.