NET PICS: Fish Flicks

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Science  26 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5372, pp. 2019
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5372.2019c

Amid the schools of graphics-heavy sites populating the Web, FishScope and its movies of embryonic development are well worth reeling in and sacrificing some RAM for (∼fishscop/). Using fluorescent stains and scanning-laser confocal microscopy, Mark Cooper and his collaborators at the University of Washington, Seattle, have compiled more than 20 time-lapse recordings to hook the developmentally intrigued. Most snippets star zebrafish embryos, favored for their transparency. Take a front-row seat and witness embryonic epigenesis (at left, up to the 16-cell stage), or check out stereo clips of gastrulation—3D goggles not included. “With something as intricate as morphogenesis,” Cooper says, “people see different things depending on their background. It's very important to have free access to primary visual information.”

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