Using a high-powered microscope Indiana University Researcher Jane Stout took a photo of a cell going through mitosis. That microscopic process will soon be larger than life, when is goes on display in Times Square in April.
Stout beat out over 100 other researchers in the GE Healthcare Life Sciences 2012 Cell Imaging competition to have her image broadcast on a big screen in Times Square.
The picture is of mitosis, the process by which cells split to produce two new identical cells. Stout captured the image using the DeltaVision OMX imaging system, which is also called the “OMG” microscope for the stunning pictures it produced.
Stout says she is honored her image was chosen out of all the other contestants.
“It’s all kind of surreal, you know? I think it’s really interesting that it’s going to be on one of the jumbotron. No one else but a few of us will know what we are looking at,” she says
But Stout emphasizes the detailed images the microscope produces are more than just pretty pictures. They could also be key to future scientific discoveries, such as explaining how cancer cells affect the body.
“That’s why these higher powered microscopes are great, because now you can actually go in to that level of detail and now see how it is, and it’s always a little easier to figure out how all the puzzle pieces fit together when you can actually see the pieces,” she says.
Stout’s award winning image will be on display on the NBC Universal HD in New York from April 19-21.