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A unique close-up image of a living human brain has won the Wellcome Prize for microscope photography after it was taken during a surgical procedure to treat a patient with epilepsy.    Taken by Robert Ludlow of UCL's Institute of Neurology, the image is a rare shot of a living brain - a view normally only seen by neurosurgeons, showing veins, arteries and grey matter flushed pink with blood.

The surface of a living brain This photograph, winner of the 2012 Wellcome Image Awards, is of the surface of an epilepsy patient’s brain during neurosurgery. Grey matter defies its name in vivo;