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The 12 GIFs of Christmas

Posted by , on 21 December 2018

Over on Twitter we’ve been having fun with our third instalment of the 12 GIFs of Christmas. For those not on Twitter, here are the GIFs – they represent some of the most cutting edge and inventive developmental biology of 2018, and also showcase the beauty of timelapse microscopy.


Transcription overlaid onto the rapid cell divisions of the early Drosophila embryo.


Temporal control of gene expression by the pioneer factor Zelda through transient interactions in hubs

Jeremy Dufourt, Antonio Trullo, Jennifer Hunter, Carola Fernandez, Jorge Lazaro, Matthieu Dejean, Lucas Morales, Saida Nait-Amer, Katharine N. Schulz, Melissa M. Harrison, Cyril Favard, Ovidiu Radulescu & Mounia Lagha

Nature Communications



Arabidopsis under lightsheet


Multiscale imaging of plant development by light-sheet fluorescence microscopy

Miroslav Ovečka, Daniel von Wangenheim, Pavel Tomančák, Olga Šamajová, George Komis & Jozef Šamaj

Nature Plants


Mouse development like you’ve never seen it before (including PGC migration)


In Toto Imaging and Reconstruction of Post-Implantation Mouse Development at the Single-Cell Level

Katie McDole, Léo Guignard, Fernando Amat, Andrew Berger, Grégoire Malandain, Loïc A. Royer, Srinivas C. Turaga, Kristin Branson, Philipp J. Keller





Amphipod embryogenesis


Multi-view light-sheet imaging and tracking with the MaMuT software reveals the cell lineage of a direct developing arthropod limb

Carsten Wolff,  Jean-Yves Tinevez, Tobias Pietzsch, Evangelia Stamataki, Benjamin Harich, Léo Guignard, Stephan Preibisch, Spencer Shorte, Philipp J Keller, Pavel Tomancak, Anastasios Pavlopoulos




The fly adult midgut over many hours


Long-term live imaging of the Drosophila adult midgut reveals real-time dynamics of division, differentiation and loss

Judy Lisette Martin, Erin Nicole Sanders, Paola Moreno-Roman, Leslie Ann Jaramillo Koyama, Shruthi Balachandra, XinXin Du, Lucy Erin O’Brien




Fate mapping the zebrafish embryo with the photoconvertible protein Kikume


Neuromesodermal progenitors are a conserved source of spinal cord with divergent growth dynamics

Andrea Attardi, Timothy Fulton, Maria Florescu, Gopi Shah, Leila Muresan, Martin O. Lenz, Courtney Lancaster, Jan Huisken, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Benjamin Steventon




Colour-coded ascidian embryogenesis


Contact-dependent cell communications drive morphological invariance during ascidian embryogenesis

Leo Guignard, Ulla-Maj Fiuza, Bruno Leggio, Emmanuel Faure, Julien Laussu, Lars Hufnagel,Gregoire Malandain, Christophe Godin, Patrick Lemaire



Convergence and extension in Xenopus


Spatial and temporal analysis of PCP protein dynamics during neural tube closure

Mitchell T Butler, John B Wallingford




Modelling development in silico


Theoretical tool bridging cell polarities with development of robust morphologies

Silas Boye Nissen, Steven Rønhild, Ala Trusina , Kim Sneppen




How Volvox turns itself inside out


The noisy basis of morphogenesis: Mechanisms and mechanics of cell sheet folding inferred from developmental variability

Pierre A. Haas, Stephanie S. M. H. Höhn , Aurelia R. Honerkamp-Smith, Julius B. Kirkegaard, Raymond E. Goldstein

PLOS Biology



From symmetrical to asymmetrical: the making of the heart tube


The heart tube forms and elongates through dynamic cell rearrangement coordinated with foregut extension

Hinako Kidokoro, Sayuri Yonei-Tamura, Koji Tamura, Gary C. Schoenwolf, Yukio Saijoh




Isolated blastomeres in C. elegans


Cell-intrinsic and -extrinsic mechanisms promote cell-type-specific cytokinetic diversity

Tim Davies, Han X Kim, Natalia Romano Spica, Benjamin J Lesea-Pringle, Julien Dumont, Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, Julie C Canman



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