Cellular Symphony of a Developing Embryo


Micrograph: Keller et a./Nature Methods

Scientists have created a new technique to capture 3-D images of a developing fruit fly embryo:

Order emerges from cellular tumult in this video of a developing fruit fly embryo imaged with unprecedented cell-by-cell three-dimensional detail.

The technique, called simultaneous multiview light-sheet microscopy, illuminates a biological sample with thin sheets of light positioned at the focal planes of multiple high-resolution digital cameras. Together they collect 175 million voxels–the 3-D version of pixels–of information per second. The photographs are then combined and assembled to create a 3-D image.

Brandon Keim of Wired Science has the post and mesmerizing video clip: Link


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