What might also be an artistic representation of a scattered bowl of Skittles is actually a 3D reconstruction of a high-pressure frozen HeLa cell, acquired with a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope.
The different-coloured structures show different parts of the HeLa cell. Anna Steyer, a former PhD student in the Schwab team at EMBL Heidelberg, captured this image. She has coloured mitochondria (blue), endosomes/lysosomes (yellow/red), and the Golgi apparatus (green).
Images like this one help researchers to fulfil EMBL’s mission: to explore the molecular world, to provide the technologies that enable this, and to distribute both the technological know-how and the acquired knowledge around the world.
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