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Image of the Day: Merging Blood Vessels

When blood vessels that are no longer needed are pruned, the cells making up the vessels fuse to prevent leakage, a process observed for the first time in vertebrates in zebrafish (pictured).

The Scientist Staff

UNIVERSITY OF BASEL, BIOZENTRUM

(See “Endothelial cell self-fusion during vascular pruning,” PLOS Biology, 2015.)

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