Well I'll tell you. I posted the first draft of this image on October 30th, and if not for the telltale bottle-brush shaped mucins, it would hardly be recognizable as the same project. I can't tell yet whether this is the final version, but if I may say, I'm pleased with the degree of improvement that came from just a couple rounds of editing. (After all I described my version 1 as "sort of terrible".) I let go of the red background to give a little more overall brightness, and went instead with red tones for the cells. This pushes the background back and brings the cells forward. Also, instead of using morphology, I used color saturation to help depict the cell changing from normal to cancerous (uncontrolled growth) to apoptotic (dying).