What’s the Answer? (free images for science communications)

Biostars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the Biostars_logo community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at Biostars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here in this thread. You can ask questions in this thread, or you can always join in at Biostars.

This week’s highlighted question isn’t about the usual topics–software or tools for genomics per se. Someone recently asked about accessing free images for papers, and this is also something I need for presentations. I mean, I know this isn’t directly related to genomics necessarily–but communicating is pretty useful too. And pretty common in science….

Question: Images — Free common images for articles?

I’d like to ask You — is there any open database for downloading free (totally newbish) images such as “DNA structure”, “protein synthesis” and so for placing them into article? NCBI used to have image search which now refuses to find these basic images. Am i doing something wrong or is there any other place for such images?

Thank You very much in advance


And the mechanism for finding the rights at Google was new to me. I thought maybe it would be new to others as well. Go see. I’ve also added a couple of other sources that I use, I think people would find them handy–such as NHGRI and NIH images.