Neural Tube Development

Proteins in the neural tissues of this zebrafish embryo direct cells to line up and form the neural tube, which will become the spinal cord and brain. Studies of zebrafish embryonic development may help pinpoint the underlying cause of common neural tube defects—such as spina bifida—which occur in about 1 in 1,000 newborn children. Courtesy of Alexander Schier, a molecular biologist at Harvard University.

Featured in the January 16, 2007, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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