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The Art in Science

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Crystal Ball

Esther Miranda, Research Analyst, Cell Biology, Duke University

Blue stains the outside of the urchin embryo almost like a cage in a 3-D projection, while the cells inside that will eventually form the skeleton are stained red. The green connecting fibers hold the cells together like clusters of grapes, while the bright yellow cells will form connective tissue. This complex structure provides a beautiful crystal ball for developmental studies.