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Hidden Beauty: Diseases become art under a microscope

16 May 2013 Last updated at 00:13 BST

Even the most deadly of diseases can possess a strange beauty under the microscope.

This concept first struck Dr Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue as she was looking at a sample of testicular cancer. The patterns and colours reminded her of modern art, and seemed just as suitable for a museum wall as they did for a laboratory.

Dr Iacobuzio-Donahue collaborated with medical photographer Norman Barker to create the book Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science.

One of the book's main goals is to explore the juxtaposition of how beautiful diseases can look up close - and the reality of how they wreak havoc on our bodies.

Produced by the BBC's Taylor Kate Brown and David Botti

Images courtesy: Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue and Norman Baker