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Zebrafish larva

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5881

Description
You are face to face with a 6-day-old zebrafish larva. What look like eyes will become nostrils, and the bulges on either side will become eyes. Scientists use fast-growing, transparent zebrafish to see body shapes form and organs develop over the course of just a few days. Images like this one help researchers understand how gene mutations can lead to facial abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate in people.

This image won a 2016 FASEB BioArt award (see the 2016 BioArt Winners). In addition, NIH Director Francis Collins featured this on his blog on January 26, 2017. See Snapshots of Life: Coming Face to Face with Development

Type
Photograph

Source
Oscar Ruiz and George Eisenhoffer, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

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Oscar Ruiz and George Eisenhoffer, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

 


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