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The diminutive devil that wreaks havoc with the airways

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:178
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    This image of a mast cell was taken by researchers at the University of Edinburgh. It shows a ball of histamine granules that are ready to explode into action if pollen is inhaled, resulting in irritation to the upper respiratory passages.

    It is one of a collection of images on show in the foyer of the Wellcome Library, London. They have been selected from submissions to the 2005 biomedical image awards, which are run by the Wellcome Library.

    The award winners were Robert Dourmashkin from Queen Mary College, University of London, who sent in an image of flu viruses; Spike Walker, a freelance microscopist from Staffordshire for his picture of the head of a dog tapeworm and Teresa Niccoli and Daniel St Johnston from Cambridge, who submitted a picture of egg chambers of the fruit fly.

    The exhibition is at the Wellcome Library, 210 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9.30 am to 1 pm.

    More information is at

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