July 5, 2010

Digital Embryo Gains Wings

The scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, who ‘fathered’ the Digital Embryo have now given it wings, creating the Fly Digital Embryo. The scientists were able to capture fruit fly development on film, and were the first to clearly record how a zebrafish’s eyes and midbrain are formed. The improved technique will also help to shed light on processes and organisms, which have so far been under-studied because they could not be followed under a microscope. The fly digital embryo is seen here from 2 different angles (left and center), and rotating through all views (right). Credit: Philipp Keller/EMBL

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