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Microscopy images are competition finalists again

November 20, 2013

Earlier this year, a stunning image of a a dividing mammalian cell taken by longtime IU research associate Jane Stout debuted in Times Square as a winner of the international 2012 GE Healthcare Life Sciences Cell Imaging Competition. That image was taken with  DeltaVision OMX microscope system at Indiana University Bloomington’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center.

The 2013 GE competition is now in full swing, and IU Bloomington’s Light Microscopy Imaging Center has not one, but two images out of 15 in the final competition. Website visitors may vote for their favorite images here:

This year’s LMIC images in the competition are Newt chromosome stained for RNA splicing factor (red) and Polymerase II (blue) taken by Jim Powers, assistant research scientist at LMIC, and Joe Gall, of the Carnegie Institution for Science; and HeLa cell stained forKif18B (purple), microtubules (blue), EB1 (orange), and DNA (green), by Amber Yount, IU Ph.D. student in biochemistry, and  Jim Powers.

Last year, more than 15,000 people voted. The finalists’ images were featured in publications including The Guardian, Science Magazine, Gizmodo, and The Huffington Post, with Stout’s winning image being shown on a jumbotron billboard in Times Square in April 2013.

Stout conducts research in the laboratory of Claire Walczak, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in IU Bloomington’s Medical Sciences Program, a branch of the IU School of Medicine. Walczak is also executive director of the Light Microscopy Imaging Center in Myers Hall, where the $1.2 million OMX microscope system resides.

“Some of us affectionately renamed it ‘OMG’ after we saw the images it could produce,” Stout recalls. “This instrument, one of only a handful in the world, allows us to see details inside the cells at previously unprecedented resolution.”

The GE Healthcare Life Sciences 2013 Cell Imaging Competition celebrates research of scientists across the world using IN Cell Analyzer, DeltaVision Elite and DeltaVision OMX systems in their work. The OMX is built by Applied Precision, a GE Healthcare company.

Additional images and a full gallery of the 2013 Cell Imaging Competition are available on the GE Healthcare Life Sciences site: