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image image image Date published: 16/10/02
  image Snapshots of an invisible world
RTD info special "Talking Science"
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'When you are a researcher, photographer or artist, you tell yourself that you are seeing things for the first and last time. It is a question of succeeding in capturing time, life, and death, even if it is that of a cell,' says Michel Depardieu, director of Inserm’s Department of Photography. It is to him that we owe this selection of 'snapshots' of an invisible world of research.

The French public research institute Inserm (http://www.serimedis.tm.fr/) proposes an on-line catalogue of around 40 000 images (18 800 of which relate to man, health and the environment), 500 videos on hospitals, 30 hours of microcinema on cell life and 2 700 biological terms accompanied by 1 400 figures and animations. Known as Serimedis, this server, which presents the work of hundreds of researchers, is also home to the iconographic collections of the Institut Pasteur, the Institut de recherche et développement (IRD), the Paris Health and Hospitals Authority and Museum of Medical History. It also boasts an electronic biology encyclopaedia known as Bee. There are around 8 000 subscribers to Serimedis (which is free of charge), on every continent, in particular from the world of research, teaching and media.

     
 
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