Heart of two-day old zebrafish embryo: 2nd place, Small World in Motion

Date:29 April 2014 Tags:, , , ,

The winners of the third annual Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography competition have been announced.

Michael Weber of The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Germany won second place with his video showing the beating heart of a two-day old zebrafish embryo (magnified 20 times). The heart – which is only 250 micrometers or just slightly larger than the diameter of a human hair – was reconstructed in 3D after being captured using light sheet fluorescence microscopy in the living zebrafish. In one of its more mesmerising facets, viewers can watch the movement of blood cells through the heart and its adjacent vessels.

Technique: Light Sheet Microscopy (Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy)

Credit: Michael Weber| Nikon Small World in Motion

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