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Seeing things: from microcinematography to live cell imaging

From histology to microcinematography, from cytochemistry to live cell imaging, the history of visualization technology in the life sciences may be understood as a series of cycles of action and reaction between static and dynamic modes of representing life.

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Figure 1: Stills from Fertilization and Development of the Sea Urchin Egg by Julius Ries, one of the earliest time-lapse microcinematographic films ever made, filmed in Paris in 1907.

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Landecker, H. Seeing things: from microcinematography to live cell imaging. Nat Methods 6, 707–709 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmeth1009-707

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