Watching sea urchin eggs trying to divide 

It’s incredible to think about that most multicellular life forms – be it a human or a whale; start from a single cell. Just one single cell. We are more than 30 trillion cells; but all of them can be traced bag to a single cell. How remarkable is that!! Trying to wrap my head around this; I have started imagine early development of several organisms. 

So here is a “failed” attempt to watch first cell division in a sea urchin larvae. The egg has just been fertilized and you see something like a spindle develop in the first cell stage. This egg failed to develop (most likely because the light was too bright). I will try this same experiment again and also share the spawning technique (how to get eggs out of sea urchins) out in the field. 

Meanwhile; enjoy a time lapse video of a sea urchin egg trying (and failing) to undergo the first division. Incredibly beautiful. 

Cheers 

Manu 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Saad Bhamla says:

    @manup – Cool video! Adding this nature cell biology link now for future readers.
    http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ncb3251.html

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