Lab Stock Photo Fail: New York Times

Detlef Weigel (@PlantEvolution) attended me on Twitter to a nice #LabStockPhotoFail in the New York Times – who should know better than to blindly use stock photos with incorrect labels. His tweet included a screenshot of the New York Times article, in which an image of a protein gel is used to portray a DNA sequence.


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The source of the stock photo was listed as Science Source, which describes themselves as “The best in stock photography, specializing in Science, Medical and Nature images and video”. Not a site where you would expect to see this:


Note: the “DNA gel” photo has been quickly replaced as of today in both the New York Times article as well as on the Science Source website.

Here is a link to the New York Times article as it appeared yesterday, as archived by the WayBack Machine on


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