The National Institute of Health (NIH) has launched a Web companion to the 2014 exhibit at Washington Dulles International Airport entitled Life: Magnified.  The exhibit displays scientific images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times.

Most of the colors in these images do not occur in nature. Rather, they are the result of chemical dyes or graphic design programs that allow scientists to study selected structures within a cell.

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Developing nerve cells.
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HIV (yellow) infecting a human cell.
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Gecko lizard toe hairs.
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Larvae from the parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis.
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Layers of nerve cells in the eye.
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Anthrax bacteria being swallowed by an immune system cell.
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Fat cells (red) and blood vessels (green).
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Q fever bacteria (yellow) in an infected cell.
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Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell.
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Pollen grains.
6_lonestar_tick_mouthpart_b
Mouth parts of a lonestar tick.
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3-D map of a rotavirus.
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Bubonic plague bacteria (yellow) on part of the digestive system in a rat flea (purple).
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Cells lining the trachea.
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Birth of a yeast cell.
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Human blood with red blood cells, T cells (orange) and platelets (green).
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Relapsing fever bacterium (gray) on red blood cells

 

SOURCES: 

Relapsing fever bacterium (gray) on red blood cells
Tom Schwan, Robert Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Human blood with red blood cells, T cells (orange) and platelets (green)
Dennis Kunkel, Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.

Anthrax bacteria (green) being swallowed by an immune system cell
Camenzind G. Robinson, Sarah Guilman and Arthur Friedlander, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

The eye uses many layers of nerve cells to convert light into sight
Wei Li, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Gecko lizard toe hairs inspired the design of medical adhesives
Dennis Kunkel, Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.

Larvae from the parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis
Bo Wang and Phillip A. Newmark, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 FASEB BioArt Link to external Web site winner

String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell
Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Fat cells (red) and blood vessels (green)
Daniela Malide, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Q fever bacteria (yellow) in an infected cell
Robert Heinzen, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Pollen grains: male germ cells in plants and a cause of seasonal allergies
Edna, Gil and Amit Cukierman, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mouth parts of a lone star tick
Igor Siwanowicz, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Va.

Three-dimensional map of a rotavirus
National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.
Igor Siwanowicz, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Va.

Birth of a yeast cell
Juergen Berger, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, and Maria Langegger, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Germany

Cells lining the trachea, viewed with ZEISS ORION NanoFab microscope
Eva Mutunga and Kate Klein, University of the District of Columbia and National Institute of Standards and Technology

Bubonic plague bacteria (yellow) on part of the digestive system in a rat flea (purple)
B. Joseph Hinnebusch, Elizabeth Fischer and Austin Athman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Developing nerve cells
Torsten Wittmann, University of California, San Francisco

HIV, the AIDS virus (yellow), infecting a human cell
Seth Pincus, Elizabeth Fischer and Austin Athman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health