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Big hand, beautiful biofilms

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Lydia-Marie Joubert, PhD, an electon microscopist and senior scientist at Stanford's Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, may spend a lot of time thinking about small things, but she's rendered at least one giant thing through illustration. Her picture above captures an outdoor sculpture by artist Francis Hewlett that is 1.5 meters high. After photographing the subject, Joubert added micrographs of cultured biofilms stained with molecular probes to the image. As noted in the latest issue of Inside Stanford Medicine, Joubert's illustration, Human Hand Controlling Bacterial Biofilms, received the People's Choice Award of Science's 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Previously: Image of the Week: One of 2013′s “coolest” microscopic images and Image of the Week: Helicobacter pylori colonizing the stomach

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