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New microscope shows mouse embryos developing second by second, cell by cell

The microscope allows scientists to follow single cells across the entire developing embryo, revealing the biological choreography that turns an early embryo into one with its organs in place.

Compared to the low-tech way of studying development in mice — scrutinizing day-old mouse fetuses, then another bunch that are an hour older, and more that are two hours older, and so on up to the end of gestation at 20 days or so — a new microscope has a lot to recommend it. And not just because there aren’t enough mice

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