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Science Snapshot: With Fronds Like These, Who Needs Anemones?

This year’s third-place winner of the 2022 Nikon Small World in Motion competition features sea anemone cells.

Lisa Winter
Lisa Winter

Lisa Winter became social media editor for The Scientist in 2017. In addition to her duties on social media platforms, she also pens obituaries for the website. She graduated from Arizona State University, where she studied genetics, cell, and developmental biology.

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Humans are generally too large to feel their zing, but sea anemones harbor stinging cells that remind other marine life to keep a wide berth. This video by Ahmet Karabulut of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas uses confocal microscopy, fluorescence, and image stacking to show the movement of the anemone’s neurons (purple) and stinging cells (green). It took third place in this year’s Nikon Small World in Motion competition.

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