Videos of Live Embryos, Cancer Cell Win 'Small World' Awards

April 23, 2014 7:57 PM

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A scientist who made a stunning time-lapse video of a growing quail embryo took home top honors in Nikon's 2013 Small World in Motion Competition, a contest that treats photomicrographs — pictures often used by scientists — as objects of art. The winners were announced today (April 23).

Using a technique known as optical tomography, Gabriel G. Martins, a researcher at Portugal's University of Lisbon, stitched together 1,000 separate images to create a 3D reconstruction of the whole embryo, which measures just less an inch (23 millimeters) in length. The result is a video clip that ...

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