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Best Medical Science Images of 2015

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Fruitfly nervous system

This is not a painting; in fact, if we were looking at this image at 1:1 scale, it would measure just 15 micrometers (0.015 millimetres) across. It's a digital colour-coded map of the nervous system of a fruit fly. The neurons that can sense vibrations are coloured yellow, while the blue and red circles represent information entering and leaving the synapses respectively. The orange circles represent mitochondria.

Credit: Photo by Albert Cardona / Caption by Michelle Starr

The Wellcome Trust has announced the 20 winners of its 2015 Image Awards for medical science images. Here are our favourites.

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