Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have put together a time-lapse video of images showing how the kidney develops from a group of cells into a working, complex organ.
In the video, you can see a mouse kidney as it grows from a clump of cells and branches out into a tree-like structure.
The researchers at the University’s Roslin Institue are hoping to use this as a way to help scientists understand the early stages of development in mammals and to get a better understanding of how organs function, explains the Mirror.
The scientists at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, further explained the significance of this work.“This is the first time we have been able to identify the molecular signals that instruct cells exactly how to form functional nephrons” said Dr Peter Hohenstein.
Dr Nils Lindstrom from the university added “By using time lapse imaging, we can get detailed information about the signals that control how kidneys form at different time-points in development. This means that we can use fewer animals and obtain much more information than normal imaging techniques.”
Check out the amazing video above.