Images of the developing mouse embryo, photographed by scientists in the Embryology Unit at Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) have been selected to feature in a permanent display at the Hong Kong Science Museum.
The exhibition, titled Distant Relatives, housed inside the Biodiversity Gallery at the museum, hosts four different displays of mammalian embryo development: mouse, human, elephant, and kangaroo. It aims to highlight the similarities and differences between mammalian species.
Distant Relatives exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum
Professor Patrick Tam, who heads CMRI’s Embryology Unit, was approached by the Hong Kong Science Museum, seeking the high-resolution images of mouse embryos.
Josh Studdert, a former Staff Scientist of the Embryology Unit, photographed the images, and says featuring in the permeant exhibition is quite an achievement for everyone involved. “Having our images of the developing mouse embryo as a permanent exhibition in the Hong Kong science museum is a notable accolade of the impact of our research accomplishment.” The museum entertains over one million international visitors every year.
The Gallery imitates many of the diverse natural environments and habitats on the planet. A spokesperson at the museum says “visitors will be able to explore nature in a visual, tactile and intellectual manner through interactive exhibits, dioramas and specimen displays based on four distinctive themes, namely Local Biodiversity, Variety in the World, Changes Through Time and Nature Lab”.
“These images, along with the CMRI logo, will be seen by people of all ages from all over the world, hopefully sparking an interest in embryology and the fantastic research undertaken by Professor Patrick Tam and his team, as well as promoting CMRI and all of the important medical research done here,” Josh said.
The exhibition is currently open.