H5N1 avian influenza virus particle, coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM). This particle was isolated from a human victim in Vietnam. The virus was first detected in birds in 2003 in South-East Asia and by early 2006 it had spread across much of Asia and Europe. It is carried by wild birds, which are generally not affected by it, but it is nearly always fatal to poultry and domestic birds. The virus is excreted in bird faeces, and humans inhaling faecal matter have contracted the disease, which had claimed around 100 lives by spring 2006. There are fears that it could mutate into a form capable of spreading directly from human to human, which could claim hundreds of thousands of lives. The name H5N1 relates to the subtypes of...
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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