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By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.


image: Fantastical Fish, circa 1719

Fantastical Fish, circa 1719

By Abby Olena | January 1, 2014

A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.

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image: Poetry and Pictures, circa 1830

Poetry and Pictures, circa 1830

By Beth Marie Mole | November 1, 2012

On the bicentennial of his birth, Edward Lear is celebrated for his whimsical poetry and his stunningly accurate scientific illustrations.

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image: The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

By Sabrina Richards | April 1, 2012

A 17th century Danish doctor arranges a museum of natural history oddities in his own home.


image: Botanical Blueprints, circa 1843

Botanical Blueprints, circa 1843

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2012

Anna Atkins, pioneering female photographer, revolutionized scientific illustration using a newly invented photographic technique.


image: The Human Genome Project, Then and Now

The Human Genome Project, Then and Now

By Walter F. Bodmer | October 1, 2011

An early advocate of the sequencing of the human genome reflects on his own predictions from 1986.


image: One-Man NIH, 1887

One-Man NIH, 1887

By Cristina Luiggi | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 


image: Medical Posters, circa 1920

Medical Posters, circa 1920

By Edyta Zielinska | May 25, 2011

William Helfand began buying medically themed collectibles in the 1950s when he started working for Merck & Co. 


image: Ancient Anatomy, circa 1687

Ancient Anatomy, circa 1687

By Cristina Luiggi | April 1, 2011

Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, including a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, that interweaved practical medical knowledge with Buddhist traditions and local lore.


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