Light Sheet Microscopy Offers New Insights on Stem Cell Fate

Light Sheet Microscopy Offers New Insights on Stem Cell Fate

It might look like a comet or a shooting star, but this time-lapse video is actually a tiny plant root, not much thicker than a human hair, magnified hundreds of times as it grows under the microscope. Researchers at Duke University have been making such movies by peering at stem cells near the root’s tip and taking snapshots as they divide and multiply over time, using a technique called light sheet microscopy. The work offers more than a front row …