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Terms of use

These are the terms on which you may make use of our website,

By using (accessing or browsing) our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, you must not use our site.

Other applicable terms

Additional terms also apply to your use of the site:

  • Our privacy statement sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you or that you provide to us. By using our site, you consent to such processing and warrant that all data provided by you is correct.
  • Our cookie policy sets out information about the cookies on our site.

About us: the Wellcome Trust

Mosaic ( is a site operated by The Wellcome Trust Limited (as trustee of the Wellcome Trust). We are registered in England and Wales under company number 2711000 and charity number 210183, and have our registered office at the Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK.

The Wellcome Trust is a charity regulated by the Charity Commission.

You can email us at

Accessing our site

Our site is made available free of charge. You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site. You are responsible for making sure that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

We do not guarantee that our site or its content will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

Changes to these terms

We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page. Please check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are binding on you.

Changes to our site

We will update our site, and may change the content at any time. Any of our content may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it. Nor do we guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will be free from errors or omissions.


If you sign up for our email updates, you will need to supply an email address. We will not use this email address for anything else. Please see our privacy statement for further information.

Intellectual property rights

Unless otherwise indicated, the content on the Mosaic site is copyright of the Wellcome Trust.

Much of the text content on this site is available under CC BY 4.0, a Creative Commons licence. Some text content is provided under CC BY-ND.

Some images on this site are licensed under CC BY 4.0; many are copyright of the photographer or illustrator who created them. The copyright details are marked alongside each image.

Find out more about our Creative Commons licences and how you can use our content.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

No reliance on information

The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which anyone should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date.

Limitation of our liability

Nothing in these terms of use excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied.

We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with: use of, or inability to use, our site; misuse or loss of data or information submitted to our site; or use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

Although this applies to all users, if you are a business user using any of the content on our site for any commercial or business purposes, please note that, in particular, we will not be liable for: loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue; business interruption; loss of anticipated savings; loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked to on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will cooperate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

Any attempt to damage this website may be illegal and we reserve the right to seek damages from any such perpetrator.

We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programs and platform in order to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.

Linking to our site

We encourage you to link to our home page and other pages on our site, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you. Our site must not be framed on any other site. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

If you wish to make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact us at

Third party links and resources in our site

Links to other sites and third party resources are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

Applicable law

If you are a consumer, these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation are governed by English law and you and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have non-exclusive jurisdiction. However, if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

If you are a business, these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. You and we both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Trade marks

‘Mosaic’, ‘mosaic’ and ‘MOSAIC’ are UK registered trade marks of the Wellcome Trust.

All Wellcome Trust trade marks (whether registered or unregistered) and graphics, logos, designs, page headers and button icons are the intellectual property rights of the Wellcome Trust and neither they nor any confusingly similar versions may be used by you, including (but not limited to) as part of any trade marks and/or domain names, without the prior written consent of the Wellcome Trust, other than for the sole purpose of referring to the Wellcome Trust and its associated brands lawfully and in good faith.