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Vote for a Development cover – Woods Hole – Round 4

Posted by , on 5 September 2012

This is the final round of images from the 2011 Woods Hole embryology course. The students of the 2012 course have also taken some beautiful images, and you’ll see those on the Node later this year.
But for now, vote in the poll below the images for the one you would like to see on the cover of Development. (Click any of the images to see a bigger version.) Poll closes on September 26, noon GMT.

1. Alcian blue staining of a Stage 17 bat (Carollia perspicillata) embryo. This image was taken by Lingyu Wang and Ketty Lee.

2. 3D reconstruction (face on view) showing the head vasculature of a zebrafish embryo. Visualization of gata1: dsRed (red; blood cells) and flk1: EGFP (blue, endothelial cells including blood vessels). This image was taken by Meghan Morrissey and Lynn Kee.

3. Day 10.5 mouse embryo immunostained for PECAM in green, Phospho-Histone H3 in red, and DAPI (nuclei) in blue. This image was taken by Juliette Petersen and Rachel K. Miller.

4. Skeletal preparation of a turtle, the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). This image was taken by Megan Martik, Jane Yu, John Young and Eric Brooks.

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14 thoughts on “Vote for a Development cover – Woods Hole – Round 4”

  1. I was followong this competition closely and was dissapointed to see evidence of cheating… the bat tripled its votes on the last night only? yea right. the votes likely were all from the same IP address too. This publication, its readers, and the other contestants deserve better.

    1. Hello Dean,

      Thanks for keeping an eye on things. The poll doesn’t allow multiple votes from the same IP-address, but (as usual) I’ll double-check everything before confirming the winner. We sometimes see a final spurt like this when two entries are really close, and since the turtle and mouse embryo images also rapidly increased in votes I suspect it was a last-minute campaign.

      I can also tell you that we often use popular runner-up images for *something* – maybe not a journal cover, but Development and the Node regularly need interesting images for other things, and many former Woods Hole image runner-ups have seen their deserved spot in the limelight.

      Eva (the Node Community Manager)

    2. I’ve now looked into this and can confirm the bat won fairly.

      I looked at visit peaks, number of unique (individual) users, and location of these users, and everything points to a last-minute facebook- or email campaign for *several* of the images. (In other words, nothing unusual!)

      Hope that clarifies things!

  2. Eva, thank you for your response. However, I can guarantee that by clearing the cookies and cache of a web browser, the system will allow for multiple votes. Apologies if I am letting the cat out of the bag here. I have known about this for some time and even gave it a try myself when I grew suspicious of your system. It works, end of story. There are also easy ways to reset an IP address very quickly. Facebook campaigns are great, but they don’t create a constant, regular, and extremely precise flow of votes like I saw over a period of time the night before votes closed. I don’t have a dog in this fight though, just thought it was a cool competition. I just didn’t want you or anyone to think padding the stats was impossible to do.

    1. I know, and I can see that visit pattern by one user in the site stats (though not what they voted for). But even if I subtract all those votes, the bat would still win. Most last-minute visits to the site came from two social networking sites, by many different users, using many different operating systems, based in many different cities around the world.


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