3D reconstruction of quail embryo wins Small World in Motion competition

Date:29 April 2014 Tags:, , , , ,

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

Dr Gabriel G Martins of The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Lisbon, Portugal, was the overall winner for his 3D reconstruction of a quail embryo. Comprising more than 1 000 separate images, the video shows in startling clarity and detail the anatomy of the specimen.

Specifically, the winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo with 10 days of (in egg) gestation. With this technique, studying the whole anatomy of large specimens like this embry (23 mm long) is possible.

Technique: Optical tomography, illuminated with a blue LED light (green fluorescence)

Credit: Dr Gabriel G Martins | Nikon Small World in Motion

* Video – Beating heart of two day-old zebrafish embryo: 2nd place, Small World in Motion
* Video – Live HeLa (cancer cell): 3rd place, Small World in Motion


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