Since 2002, New York-based photographer Stuart Ignacio has been traveling to college science labs and private think-tanks around the country, taking pictures of some of the last few years’ most shocking research advances. These pictures are a sampling of some new work.
Here we see the hand of scientist Simon Brown, who focuses on supplemental sports medicine and what he terms “healthy steroids.” Using a newly synthesized compound with the colorful name of FB-150, Brown has grown his hand to three times its normal size with absolutely no side effects.
The Marine Biology Mutation Research Center in Portland, Oregon, not only studies genetic anomalies among sea life—they create them too. This is a genetically-engineered pygmy blue whale. Annie Caruso, the head of the Blue Pyg project, has named it Orcarina.
Speaking of genetic mutations, please meet Angus. He is the first succesful cross-special laboratory-reared creature. The cross-pollination of a dachsund, a Balinese cat, and a common lab rat, Angus is now a very healthy eight months old. He lives at the Stigwood Development Project, a privately funded laboratory and think-tank in New York City.
“Vitamin deficiencies are best understood by studying vitamin overdoses,” says chemist Maia Guerrero. Her intern Rob Castille, pictured here, has undergone massive overdoses of vitamin C and beta-carotene in an attempt to quantify how much is too much. Guerrero, who works out of a lab at the University of Levittown in southeastern Pennsylvania, has already made groundbreaking discoveries in her work. “Massive overdoses of vitamin E, absorbed directly through the skin, will cure shingles within one week,” she reports.