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    A diagram of a cross-section of a muscle showing fibres. Credit: Miles Kelly Art Library, Wellcome Images.

    A diagram showing a cross-section of the composition of bone. Credit: Miles Kelly Art Library, Wellcome Images.

    Digital artwork of an athlete catching his breath. Credit: Miles Kelly Art Library, Wellcome Images.

    An X-ray showing blood vessels inside a normal lung. Credit: Wellcome Photo Library, Wellcome Images.

    Artwork showing an anterior view of the larynx, thyroid, trachea and lungs with bronchial tree. Credit: Medical Art Service, Munich/Wellcome Images.

    A transmission electron micrograph showing a longitudinal section of cardiac (heart) muscle, in which the sarcomere structure and a large intercalated disc can be seen. Credit: Professor Giorgio Gabella, Wellcome Images.

    A light micrograph of stained longitudinal section through striated muscle. Credit: Spike Walker, Wellcome Images.

    A colour-enhanced transmission electron micrograph of myofibrils in an uncontracted skeletal muscle cell (muscle fibre), showing the structure of the sarcomere with its dark and light bands between the two Z-discs. Credit: University of Edinburgh, Wellcome Images.

    A scanning electron micrograph of osteoporotic bone. This sample is from a vertebra (a bone of the spine) of an 89-year-old woman with osteoporosis. Credit: Professor Alan Boyde, Wellcome Images.

    A female dancer. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

    A transmission electron micrograph showing glycogen storage in a muscle cell. Some glycogen granules are dispersed around the many mitochondria in between the contractile myofibrils, but most of the glycogen is in a large area on the edge of the cell. Credit: Mike Kayser, Wellcome Images.

    Normal muscle X 63

    Smooth muscle cells

    Cardiac muscle fibrils, scanning electron micrograph. Mitochondria (green) supply the muscle cells with energy.

    it is likely that this chart is either copied from, or based on, an earlier Chinese exemplar that may now be lost. The Chart, which is undated, is now kept in the library of Tenri University in Japan. It is reproduced here from the book by Katō Chie 加藤千恵, Furō fushi no shintai: Dōkyō to “tai” no shisō 不老不死の身体 — 道教と「胎」の思想 (The Ageless and Deathless Body: Taoism and the Idea of the “Embryo”; Tokyo: Taishūkan shoten, 2002), p. 121.

    Here's the Wellcome Image used for the cover of the latest Big Picture. The artist is Bill McConkey. This image shows an individual who has removed their layer of skin leaving the muscle layer showing. This individual is ironing their skin in an attempt to remove wrinkles. Fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of the aging process. www.wellcome.ac.u...

    Art courtesy of my friend Joy, The Temple of Eden, and the artist Cameron Gray

    An embryo in a needle's eye, for size comparison.

    immune SEMs

    Photograph of a white blood cell attacking a pathogen. Taken with a scanning electron microscope - Imgur