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July 6, 2010 / Martijn

‘Digital embryo’ gains wings

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.

In a study published in Nature Methods, they describe how they 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.

via ‘Digital embryo’ gains wings: Now possible to film development of fruit fly and of zebrafish’s eyes and brain.

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