Once, while I worked at a public aquarium, I gathered eggs from one sea anemone and sperm from another and combined the two under a microscope. As I watched, one of the eggs divided into two cells, then four, then eight. That was as far as it got before dying from the heat of the scope’s light, but those few minutes were one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had. Witnessing life creating itself…it’s pure magic.

This video takes that treasured memory and expands it about one-hundredfold. In six minutes, you will see the transformation of a single cell into a newly-hatched newt — magic.

(The embryonic folding is especially boggling. I was transfixed.)

I can’t embed the video, but you really, really should watch it.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Becoming

  1. Amisha Patel says:

    Wow. That is the first time I have actually seen a video of cell specialization in a blastomere. Amazing! Thank you for sharing

  2. Annie Robinson says:

    I watched. 🤭😬😳🤗
    I had to remember to actually breath!!!
    Extraordinary clip. Thank you for posting that.
    Annie 😎🇬🇧❤️

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