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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

A Rat's Eye is a Vision of Beauty

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Other top-five winners in the BioScapes competition were Ruben Sandoval of Indiana University, for a vivid 3D image of a kidney glomerulus; Viktor Sykorafrom the Czech Republic , for a superb photograph of a seed; Rudolf Oldenbourgof the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, and James LaFountain of SUNY Buffalo for their masterful image of meiosis in a fly; and Thomas Deerinck of UC San Diego , for a nanotechnology image of a mouse kidney. In addition to the top 10 winners, 68 honorable mention awards were named, including nine movies.

The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition recognizes the finest images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification and any brand of equipment. Each entrant can submit up to five movies, images, or image sequences. Entries must include information on the importance or "story" behind the images. First prize is Olympus products and equipment valued at $5,000.

An impartial panel of judges selects the winners each year. This year's judges included Dr. Doug Murphy , Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the School of Medicine Microscope Facility at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore ; George Patterson , of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD; Dr. Alison North , Director of The Rockefeller University's Bio-Imaging Resource Center in New York City ; and Dr. Kenneth Fish , Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh .

A gallery of winners and honorable mentions is available athttp://www.olympusbioscapes.com.

SOURCE Olympus America Inc.


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