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10 Apr 2015
Researchers at the University of Dundee have developed hugely powerful new microscopy techniques which can fully visualise a key stage in the development of embryos for the first time. Determining the mechanisms behind the early development of embryos is key to understanding the causes of many birth defects as well as disease in later life. One of the earliest and most critical stages in embryo development is gastrulation, which in mammals, birds and reptiles is characterised by the formation of the primitive streak.