“Drawing Embryos, Seeing Development”

February 9th, 2016 @   - 

Biologists today often take hundreds of photographs of what they see through the microscope. Those images are then sorted through, compiled, and sometimes even slightly modified to produce publishable figures. Prior to when photographic methods began making their way into biology labs and journals, this meant you had to draw it.

While drawing by hand is no longer necessary to generate images of developing embryos, its role as an aid to observation, either from photographs or specimens themselves, still makes it a valuable and relevant skill. Especially for those wanting to learn or develop observation skills, drawing greatly enriches the experience of interacting with an embryo.

While working with the MBL History Project this past summer, Beatrice Steinert, a senior at Brown University who studies visualization and image making in developmental biology, was able to study Edwin Grant Conklin’s Crepidula fornicata embryo slides by drawing them herself with a camera lucida. Her article “Drawing Embryos, Seeing Development” was posted to The Node in January…Read more.








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