The Wonder of development at a Copenhagen school

On February 2nd 2015, a class of 14-year-old students at the Prince Henrik high school in Copenhagen, had a direct hands-on experience of research in the field of stem cells and development through chick eggs with DanStem and HumEn's Professor Anne Grapin-Botton.

 

The initiative, led by their biology professor V. Lahache, enabled the students to observe how chick embryos develop. Professor Anne Grapin-Botton introduced the concept of a model organism, and presented a movie

recapitulating the stages of development from the initial stem cell.

Each student carefully opened their egg and observed first hand the formation of blood vessels, beating heart, limb buds and eyes, depending on the stage of incubation.

After limited egg accidents, many fascinated young people's faces and excellent cell phone magnifications, they could share their observations.

This experience illustrated the theme "Sexual reproduction and diversity" which was part of their curriculum.