Cancer cell division. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a section through a cancer cell dividing by mitosis into two new daughter cells. This is during the telophase (fourth stage) of mitotic division, when the cell's genetic material (dark blue) has been separated via the spindle (centre) into two identical populations. These cells are from a Ewing sarcoma, a malignant round-cell tumor. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue. Magnification x3000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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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