The movement of every cell in a developing embryo can now be tracked

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In an effort to better understand how inherited diseases are passed on and formed, researchers at theĀ Virginia research campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have invented a computer tracking program that can record and replay the movement of every cell in a living embryo. So far, this has been accomplished using the embryos of mice, fruit flies and zebra fish.

Data collected from a high-speed microscope are run through a program that renders a 3D computer model of each individual cell, revealing for the first time that cells prefer the neon aesthetic of rave culture.

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