Amazing Footage of Chick Embryo Wins Nikon’s Small World in Motion Contest

Anna Franz, a researcher at the the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford, has won Nikon’s first annual Small World in Motion competition with an amazing video that shows the beating heart and blood vessels of a 72-hour-old chick embryo. Franz cut a window into an egg to expose the embryo, and then carefully injected ink into the yolk sac artery in order to visualize the beating heart and the vasculature of the embryo.

(via Nikon Small World via Feature Shoot)

  • Gern Blanston

    Next stop McDonalds for a little food poising.

  • John Kantor

    But he killed it.

  • Michael

    Interesting but kinda sad when seeing the heart beat gets tainted by ink……ㅜㅜ

  • Suman0102

    John, thousands of chick embryos are used in academia for the very purpose of learning vertebrate development. Not to mention all the eggs and chicken that are consumed on a daily basis. Such is life.

  • Guest

    Makes me happy I do not eat chicken. 

  • Anonymous

    agree wholeheartedly, but it is a slight bit upsetting that there was no greater purpose to it. beautiful and fascinating, regardless

  • Merv Wignall

    Eggs for consumption are almost always unfertilised.

  • Guest’s Chicken Eater

    Makes me happy you do not eat chicken so that there is more for me to eat.

  • Guest

    Makes me happy I ate the chicken you thought you had more of.

  • Killermotion

    I wanted to see them toss in a frying pan.

  • Bettybee43

    My thoughts too.

  • Guest

    You killed a baby creature to enter a photography contest?

  • Guest

    I’m going to grow up to be the most wonderful chicken I can b&%($)&#$) NO CARRIER

  • Gamarra

    Nikon is more likely to award presentations that result in the destruction of the test animal.  However, Nikon has not articulated their magnitude of enhanced susceptibility.

  • Kingd921

    Wow. Next Up…Human Embryo’s Folks! CONGRATULATIONS!!