Spotlights on Science


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A World Without Pain

An interactive virtual reality environment called "Snow World" reduces the pain experienced by burn patients.

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Demystifying General Anesthetics 

Find out why anesthetics have been challenging to study and what scientists are learning about them.

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There’s an “Ome” for That

Rapid advances in technology and computational tools are allowing researchers to categorize many aspects of the biological world.

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Lighting Up the Promise of Gene Therapy for Glaucoma

Stitched together from numerous high-resolution images, this image of a mouse retina was taken while developing gene therapy for glaucoma.

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NIGMS Is on Instagram!

NIGMS is now on Instagram (@NIGMS_NIH Exit icon), beaming all the gorgeous science images you can’t get enough of straight to your mobile devices.


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Cool Tools: High-Resolution Microscopy—In Living Color

New cellular imaging techniques are allowing scientists to visualize cellular structures and functions in detail never before possible.

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Spotlight on Videos: Scientists in Action

Janet Iwasa, molecular animator, and Laura Kiessling, carbohydrate scientist discuss their work in video interviews.

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Spotlight on the Cell: The Extracellular Matrix, a Multitasking Marvel

The gelatinous material found within and between cells is an active component of all our tissues which guides cell shape, orientation and function.