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"Cambion," by Jaya G. Yodh, IGB Core Facilities.

DNA Shape. The strong lines in this image echo the sinuous shape of a single strand of DNA. Imaging such a small structure -- 40,000 times narrower than a single human hair -- requires a very specialized instrument. This image was created as an early test of a new atomic force microscope (AFM), which uses a minuscule and precisely controlled physical probe to construct images of structures that were previously beyond the reach of scientific instrumentation. (Image taken using an Asylum Research Cypher ES AFM.) [Research funded by the National Science Foundation.]

This image was part of the seventh annual Art of Science exhibit at the University of Illinois Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB). Learn more about the Art of Science program. (Date image taken: 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: ) (Date image taken: 2017; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 11, 2018)

Credit: Jaya G. Yodh Ph.D., teaching assistant professor, medical education facilitator, Carle Illinois College of Medicine; research assistant professor, Department of Physics, NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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