Nikon announced the winners of their annual Small World photomicroscopy contest yesterday, and slide shows of the top 20 images are bouncing around the blogosphere. But buried deep in the contest's "Images of Distinction" section is J. Claire Hoving's beautiful picture of a female Nippostrongylus brasiliensis – a nematode worm found in the intestines of rats. Her body wall glows blue; her body cavity is stuffed with eggs that may, in time, find a new rat host to cozy up to.
Photo by J. Claire Hoving, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University Of Cape Town, South Africa
Section of female Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (nematode) with eggs (200x)