This past summer I was invited to submit images to a curated picture show on “Cell Curiosities”, published by the prestigious publisher of scientific journals, Cell Press. My picture of ‘Intracellular Cathedrals’ was selected and can be accessed at: http://www.cell.com/cell_picture_show-cell-curiosities.
“Intracellular Cathedrals’ refers to a subcellular particle, named vaults, for their resemblance to vaulted cathedral ceilings. Vaults are 100,000 times smaller than your thumb. Although the exact function of vaults remains mysterious, they have been proposed to play roles in the immune system and the acquisition of resistance to cancer drug therapy.
Just for fun I made a mini-quilt inspired by the vault structure. I was more than a bit surprised when they published the electron micrographs and the little quilt.