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A pictorial resource for mammalian development

Genome Biology20023:reports2012

https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2002-3-4-reports2012

  • Received: 1 February 2002
  • Published:

Abstract

The Embryo Images site provides a well-organized collection of scanning electron micrograph images of mouse embryos (with a few images of human embryos) at different stages of development.

Keywords

  • Mouse Embryo
  • Human Embryo
  • Embryo Image
  • Photographic Image
  • Genetic Unit

Content

The Embryo Images site provides a well-organized collection of scanning electron micrograph images of mouse embryos (with a few images of human embryos) at different stages of development. All images have a brief but clear descriptive caption and some are accompanied by useful interpretative line drawings that clarify the organization of the tissues seen in the scanning electron microscope. The images are grouped into a number of series that follow different aspects of development - body plan, nervous system, musculo-skeletal system, cardiovascular system, eye, ear, urogenital system and digestive and respiratory systems. Most of the images are color-shaded to highlight the relevant structures, and - a neat feature - the color-coding disappears when you place the cursor on the image, so that details of the structure can be clearly seen. Many of the images are close-ups of cut sections. The site has a strong educational impact and should be an extremely useful aid to teaching mouse and human development.

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Reporter's comments

Timeliness

This site is still in development and further images will be added.

Best feature

For cut sections, an animated 'knife' on an image of the whole embryo shows where the section has been taken.

Worst feature

The site could do with a search engine and links to other related sites.

Related websites

The Mouse Atlas and Gene Expression Database has been developed by the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh.

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References

Copyright

© BioMed Central Ltd 2002

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