When you run an experiment with a well-established method, do you ever question if an alternative set up could provide new information? Based on a recent publication from the Burgess lab, maybe you should. In our “Hot Off the Press” column this month, we delve into the world of zebrafish behavior with Dr. Eric Horstick. His modified approach to studying visual motor response elicits unexpected swim patterns in the larval fish—driving him deep into the ecology literature where he makes fascinating discoveries.
To study fish swim patterns, the Burgess lab creates videos that help visualize movements. With increased computer storage capacity and the relative ease of recording on mobile devices, video has become a staple in many NICHD labs. In some cases, the video is produced as a time-lapse, squeezing hours of filming into minutes of presentation. A time stamp can help indicate how much time the video spans. In “The Arts” column, Jeremy Swan takes us through a ten-step tutorial for adding timecode to a time-lapse video.
On a final note, we are excited to introduce our new basic science representative for the institute, Dr. Suna Gulay. To learn more about Dr. Gulay and her role as the NICHD postdoc representative, check out her profile.
Enjoy the issue!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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