Science Snapshot: Living Bubble Wrap

To win at the Nikon Small World in Motion competition, entries must not only be beautiful to look at but must also convey technical prowess and be information rich. The fourth-place winner in this year’s competition went to Dylan Burnette of Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Using differential interference contrast, Burnette obtained a 40X magnification of melanoma cells. They burst in a series of satisfying pops as each cell dies, with only some residue left behind.


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