Medical Museum, NIH Partners Debut "Embryo App" featuring images from world-renowned Carnegie Collection of Embryology

April 28, 2011, Washington, D.C.: A new mobile application features images and related resources from the world-renowned Carnegie Collection of Embryology, the centerpiece of the Human Developmental Anatomy Center at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.

The application, called The Embryo App, was developed in partnership with clinicians and developers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Library of Medicine and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

The Embryo App was revealed to the scientific community in a poster presentation made at the Experimental Biology annual conference in Washington, D.C. this month. Co-authors included John Cork and Ray Gasser at LSUHSC; Florence Haseltine at NICHD; Ying Sun at NLM; and Elizabeth Lockett and Emily Wilson at NMHM.

View the Mobile Embryo Application poster (PDF 6.6 MB).

The application enables users to learn human embryology from images of actual embryos and provides a valuable reference to developmental biologists conducting research on normal human development. The general public may find the app useful as a tool offering information about a progressing pregnancy, using the pregnancy and ovulation calculators incorporated into the application.

Started in 1887 by Franklin Mall, the Carnegie Collection of Embryology focuses on normal development in the first eight weeks after fertilization. The Carnegie Collection is amongst the most in-demand research collections held at the Museum. In addition to the embryos it also includes photographs, plaster and acetate models, and collateral curatorial information about the specimens together with an extensive collection of reprints from Carnegie Contributions to Embryology and other embryology journals.

The Embryo App is available, free, from the Apple App Store.