Cell mitosis. Confocal fluorescence light micrograph composite showing 6 stages of mitotic cell division. At far left, the cell has completed the first stage of cell division known as interphase in which the chromosome number is doubled. During, prophase, spindle fibres (red) form as the nuclear membrane breaks down. At metaphase (second from left), the chromosomes (blue) align at the equator of the cell as the spindles pull the two sets of chromosomes apart during anaphase (third from left). During telophase, the cell begins to pinch in and divide (fifth from left) to break apart into two daughter cells (far right). The golgi apparatus is stained green. Magnification x300 when printed 10cm 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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