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Jellyfish, viewed with ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1 microscope

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Helena Parra, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

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Jellyfish, viewed with ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1 microscope 

Jellyfish are especially good models for studying the evolution of embryonic tissue layers. Despite being primitive, jellyfish have a nervous system (stained green here) and musculature (red). Cell nuclei are stained blue. By studying how tissues are distributed in this simple organism, scientists can learn about the evolution of the shapes and features of diverse animals.

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