Between Terminals E and F
August 30, 2014 - April 12, 2015
Cells are the basic, fundamental unit of all living things. The human body is composed of trillions of cells that define a person's unique genetic heritage. Cells allow us to grow, eat, move, think, and heal. By studying microscopic human, animal, or plant cells, cell biologists are able to understand the basic elements of human health. And by understanding how healthy and unhealthy cells work, researchers can improve the quality of human health and cure diseases. Today, using high resolution microscopic imaging, scientists see what was once impossible to visualize.
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) has said that current microscopic technology and contemporary cell biologists will "revolutionize medicine in the 21st century." The exhibition Larger Than Life features cell imagery created by research scientists from the Greater Philadelphia area. The images made for scientific purposes are also unexpectedly beautiful with their abstract patterning and detail. The majority of the colors are artificial added using chemical dyes or glowing proteins. The colors both enhance the artistic quality while allowing researchers to study selected structures within the cells.
The scientists whose cell imagery is included in Larger Than Life are all members of ASCB, an international community of biologists studying cells. ASCB is dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.
Larger Than Life has been planned as part of the annual meeting of ASCB, the largest gathering of cell researchers in the world, December 6-10, 2014, Philadelphia