Dividing Cancer Cells : 2001

Photograph by

Volker Brinkmann

About this image

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of dividing cancer cells. One of the features that defines a cancer cell is that is undergoes rapid division. The rate of replication of normal epithelial cells is normally governed by ‘gate-keeper’ proteins, but these are missing on cancer cells. This image was created in monochrome and later digitally colourised. Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany