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Information Displays Go 3D

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Science  21 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5342, pp. 1398
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5342.1398

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Some of the most intriguing technologies shedding new light on mammalian embryos don't produce images, but better ways of displaying and studying existing data. Biologists at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, for example, are attempting to meld three-dimensional images like those produced at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (see main text) with information about the shifting networks of gene expression and protein activity that mold the embryo--information piling up in developmental biologists' lab notebooks and hard drives.