Visual Media in Embryology - Visualizing in the 21st Century

Like those that came before, embryologists – now referred to as developmental biologists – at the MBL and elsewhere still depend on visual media. With the recent development of automated microscopes, modeling programs, and computer generated graphics, the toolbox for investigating embryos has been greatly expanded.  Although advanced instruments and computers can now automatically generate images, close analysis of embryonic development thorough visual note-taking and the production of visual media is still an important part of any research process. No matter what kind of media, decisions must be made about what parts of the embryo to depict and how depict them. Because of their microscopic size, dynamic nature, and the complexity of their form, these decisions will always shape how we see developing embryos.