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a gallery of small wonders
cutting-edge biological imaging facility provides scientists a unique window into life

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Students and researchers from all corners of campus come to CNR's Biological Imaging Facility to capture the tiniest elements of life in stunning detail, and to learn how to distill new knowledge from those images. Under the direction of Steve Ruzin, the facility is both an instructional space and a research laboratory. Often, the technology yields pictures of arresting beauty.

The photographs here are culled from Ruzin's long-running "Image of the Month" contest, which showcases some of the facility's most remarkable photographs. "Students here always look forward to the contest," Ruzin says-and not just for the pretty pictures. "Often, the Image of the Month will prompt researchers from one group to strike up a conversation with researchers from an entirely different discipline. That's something really special."

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