Coral Under Confocal

Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing a lot of confocal imaging lately, but clearly I’ve got confocal on my mind. This beautiful video got an ‘Honorable Mention’ at the 2012 International Science Visualization Challenge, and you can see why.

Confocal imaging usually involves the use of fluorescent dyes or antibodies to visualize proteins and structures of interest. But this video was taken without any dyes or antibodies, just as is, because corals are naturally fluorescent. Imagine being able to open a microscopic window into a living coral system and its associated organisms under different wavelengths. That is what you see in this video and it is beautiful to watch.

PS: Make sure to watch this video in all its 1080p HD goodness, it’s worth the wait 🙂

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