This Transparent Shell Lets Scientists Watch Embryos Develop Inside An Egg

What new scientific breakthrough will they hatch next?

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Ordinarily, to see how an embryo grows and develops inside an egg, researchers have largely relied on “windowing,” a process in which a segment of shell is manually cut away to create a hole for observation. But thanks to a recent breakthrough by researchers from Bejing’s Tsinghua University Department of Biomedical Engineering, it’s now possible to monitor an embryo inside an egg through an artificially created, entirely-transparent shell – no broken eggs required.

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