Deadly and beautiful: The mesmerizing images of cancer research

Delicately colored mosaics. Swirling currents of neon green. Who knew that cancer, so terrifying, could be so weirdly beautiful?

Adam Marcus, for one. A cancer researcher at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, he embedded lung cancer cells in a gel and let them invade surrounding tissue for 24 hours. The resulting image he created looks like a gaily lit mainland, with a handful of tiny vessels — individual cancer cells — setting out for distant shores. Dr. Marcus is a faculty member in the BCDB and CB programs.

Marcus’s photo is one of more than 80 striking images in the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Close Up 2016 project. The collection features microscopy photographs of cancer-related cells, tissues and molecules from researchers at two dozen of the nation’s leading cancer centers.

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