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September 4, 2015

"Immunology of the Gut Mucosa" (Image 1)

"Immunology of the Gut Mucosa," by Doug Huff and Elizabeth Anderson, Arkitek Studios; Zoltan Fehervari, Nature Immunology; and Simon Fenwick, Nature Reviews.

This 3-D animation explores the role of the gut mucosa in the immune response, how it protects an individual against food-borne pathogens, and what happens when the system gets out of whack. It illuminates the inner workings of the gut mucosa as a defense mechanism for the body to provide people with a greater appreciation for the complex processes involved, as well as a better understanding of why food-borne allergies occur. To view the full animation, go to the 2013 winners page on the Vizzies Special Report website and search for "Immunology" and then click the "video" link.

This image won honorable mention in the video (screenshots) category of the 2013 Visualization Challenge, now called the Vizzies, a long-running, annual competition co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine. [The competition was formerly named the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis) and was previously co-sponsored with AAAS' journal Science.] The competition aims to recognize some of the most beautiful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering and awards prizes in five categories: photography, video, illustration, posters & graphics and interactives.

To learn more about the competition and view all the winning entries, past and present, see the NSF Special Report The VIZZIES: Visualization Challenge. (Date of Image: January 2013) [Image 1 of 3 related images. See Image 2.]

Credit: Doug Huff and Elizabeth Anderson, Arkitek Studios; Zoltan Fehervari, Nature Immunology; and Simon Fenwick, Nature Reviews

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