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The world is full of visual splendor. Luckily we found some of it in our hours and hours of filming this year.

What does a chromosome packing and unpacking itself look like? Why does the bacteria in your mouth look like a microscopic city grid? How does a personalized cancer vaccine work inside a tumor? What does the world look like at 200 miles per hour?


We’ve pulled together some amazing visual stories that answer those questions and more.

Over 250 riders have lost their lives while traveling as fast as a high speed train around this British Isle.

If you stretched out all the DNA in every cell of your body, it would stretch from the Earth to the Sun 100 times. (That’s nearly 9.3 trillion miles.)

Matthew Orr, Alex Hogan, Jeff DelViscio/STAT

Prolonged opioid use causes the body to function at a much slower rate. When drug use suddenly stops, the part of the brain that handles emotion goes into overdrive.

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Our ears pop hundreds, even thousands, of times a day.

Matthew Orr, Alex Hogan, Hyacinth Empinado/STAT

There is a highly organized universe of millions upon millions of bacteria in your tooth scum.

Hyacinth Empinado/STAT

Late-stage cancer patients face many difficult decisions, among them, selecting the right clinical trial to combat their tumors.

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The woman profiled in this video, Rachel Lefebvre, passed away in early December.

In 2016, many of us learned the word “microcephaly” for the first time because of the Zika virus. This family has known what it is — and lived with it — for years.

Emily Hager for STAT

This boy was born with more than 20 percent of his brain outside his skull. Doctors used 3-D printing to figure out how to put it back where it belonged.

Dom Smith, Jeff DelViscio/STAT

There are over 1,200 cancer vaccine products being worked on right now. So, what’s a cancer vaccine?

Matthew Orr, Alex Hogan, Jeff DelViscio/STAT