FASEB Announces Winners of its Second Annual BioArt Competition
Created by on 08/22/2013

On August 8, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) announced the winners of its second annual BioArt competition. Among the selected images and videos were the life cycles of parasitic flatworms, the different metabolic states of cells in the eye, and gene expression in a developing a microscopic worm. The images and videos – produced by investigators as a part of their daily research activities – were solicited by FASEB to give the public a prospective on the excitement of research and to highlight the incredible breadth of biomedical and life science studies.

This year’s winning entries were recently featured in the News section of Science and were selected three times as the image of the day in the online publication, The Scientist. All of the winning images will be on display at the National Institutes of Health’s Visitor Center this fall.


A tissue section of a developing Schistosoma mansoni larva (center) living inside the muscular tentacle of its snail host (periphery). Submitted by Bo Wang of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Phillip A. Newmark of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Laboratory-grown heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes) from a rat injected with fluorescently-labeled mitochondria (red) isolated from the liver of another animal. Submitted by Douglas B. Cowan and James D. McCully of Harvard Medical School.


Several one-micron-sized, non-toxic silica beads (yellow) are seen on the surface of a human fibroblast cell. Submitted by Matthew Ware and Biana Godin (Vilentchouk) of the Houston Methodist Research Institute.