Visual science

Phage attacking a bacterium

Equinox Graphics

Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair

The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge was created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science to celebrate the tradition of science illustration—from Leonardo da Vinci to the present day—and to encourage its continued growth and relevance. There are categories in Photography, Illustrations, Informational Posters and Graphics, Interactives Games and Non-Interactive Media.

The ‘Illustrations’ winner this year is a representation of HIV, which to a colleague’s eyes looks as if it might have been knitted her grandmother. I see what she means: for my money, this ‘honorably mentioned’ bacteriophage in the process of subverting a bacterium is unbeatable.

The group that produced this, Equinox Graphics, are offering A1 size posters of this gorgeous little beastie—for seventy quid. I’m seriously tempted, although it’s a bit steep. I wonder if I could write it off against tax?

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  1. Dr J Mehrishi, PhD, FRCPath says:

    pl can you send a www address for this sirte since I want my grand children and others to click on and see?

    Many thanks.