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Computer model describes essential step of embryonic development

January 15, 2020

Computational biologists from the University of Amsterdam have succeeded in making a computer model of one of the…
Break Point: Common plasticizer does its damage at the molecular level

January 10, 2020

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the New York State Department of Health have discovered how a common…
Cellular origins of pediatric brain tumors identified

November 26, 2019

Researchers make a breakthrough by identifying that several aggressive pediatric brain tumors are the result of stalled development…
New approach uses light to stabilize proteins for study

November 5, 2019

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses light to control the lifetime of a protein inside the…
Signaling waves determine embryonic fates

October 29, 2019

Timing is everything for young cells waiting to determine their identities. Research by Rice University bioscientist Aryeh Warmflash and graduate…
Research identifies earlier origin of neural crest cells

October 24, 2019

Neural crest cells — embryonic cells in vertebrates that travel throughout the body and generate many cell types…
Discovery concerning the nervous system overturns a previous theory

September 13, 2019

It appears that when our nervous system is developing, only the most viable neurons survive, while immature neurons…
Virtual Reality? New stem cell pipeline is making cell products more lifelike

July 9, 2019

Researchers in many fields of science and medicine engineer different types of human cells for drug testing and…
Three-dimensional model illuminates key aspects of early development

July 3, 2019

From a biological standpoint, the earliest stages of life are the most mysterious. A developing human embryo undergoes…
Awakening of the zygote genome over time as decreasing individual cell size triggers early embryo transcription. Image credit: Hui Chen, Penn Medicine; Cell Press
Size Matters: New Data Reveals Cell Size Sparks Genome Awakening in Embryos

July 3, 2019

Transitions are a hallmark of life. When dormant plants flower in the spring or when a young adult…
Landmark study signals shift in thinking about stem cell differentiation

June 21, 2019

A pioneering new study led by Florida State University biologists could fundamentally change our understanding of how embryonic…
Tracking life’s first step: Two molecules ‘awaken’ brand new genome

June 18, 2019

Within hours after fertilization, a unique genome forms from chromosomes contributed by the egg and sperm. However, this…
Cellular rivalry promotes healthy skin development

May 17, 2019

Not all cells are destined for greatness. Deemed unfit to serve in the body, some are killed off…
Prenatal testosterone linked to effects for females who share womb with male twin

March 27, 2019

Women who shared their mother’s womb with a male twin are less likely to graduate from high school…
Policy must guide human embryo research, experts say

February 4, 2019

Human embryo research is a controversial topic that often pits the necessity of biomedical investigation against the moral…
How the fruit fly got its stripes: Researchers explore the precision of embryonic development

February 4, 2019

In a new study published in the journal Cell, the team showed that cells determine exactly where they need to…
Establishing Cellular Asymmetries

January 9, 2019

Embryonic development is the process by which a fertilized egg becomes an independent organism, an organism capable of…
How do hair follicles grow? A Yale-led study untangles the science

December 28, 2018

An outstanding question in dermatology that researchers have studied for decades is: How do hair follicles emerge from…
Growing a brain

December 19, 2018

Scientists identified two distinct control mechanisms in the developmental transition of undifferentiated stem cells into healthy brain cells.…
A better look at how cells move

December 12, 2018

A new computational model clarifies the structure and mechanics of soft, shape-changing cells, potentially giving scientists a better…
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‘Mini-placentas’ could provide a model for early pregnancy

November 29, 2018

Researchers say that new ‘mini-placentas’ – a cellular model of the early stages of the placenta – could…
First mapping of cells in the early human placenta to advance research on problem pregnancies

November 23, 2018

To treat and prevent pregnancy-related disorders, researchers must understand not only what can go wrong, but when. Complications,…
Researchers discover a new gear in life’s clock: Vitamin D

November 23, 2018

New research from Portland State University finds vitamin D, or a lack thereof can trigger or suspend embryonic development…
Discovery of a new gene could shed light on chemical exposure effects in humans

November 21, 2018

The discovery of a new gene in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of how exposure to…
Seeing is believing: monitoring real time changes during cell division

November 21, 2018

Scientist have cast new light on the behaviour of tiny hair-like structures called cilia found on almost every…
Embryos remember the chemicals that they encounter

November 13, 2018

We all start out as a clump of identical cells. As these cells divide and multiply, they gradually…
A starring role for nonhuman primates in the stem cell story

September 19, 2018

When Jamie Thomson, director of regenerative biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, addressed a room of admirers…
Simple contact can help steer cell division

September 19, 2018

Using tiny plastic beads, University of Oregon biologists have captured new detail on how early embryonic cells in…
New method reveals cell development

August 14, 2018

The body is composed of specialised cells that give each organ its unique function. The brain, for instance,…
How some facial malformations arise

January 25, 2018

About 1 in 750 babies born in the United States has some kind of craniofacial malformation, accounting for…
Fed grant will help unlock embryonic secrets

January 15, 2018

Rice University bioscientist Aryeh Warmflash has won a major National Institutes of Health grant to analyze a protein-signaling pathway that…
Researcher receives NIH grants to uncover connection between abnormal embryonic brain development

December 21, 2017

One hypothesis for how autism develops is excessive neuron production in the prenatal period, leading to a transient…
Zika Virus Infects Developing Brain by First Infecting Cells Meant to Defend Against It

October 30, 2017

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil, report that the…
Brain Found to Influence Embryo Development Much Earlier than Previously Thought

September 27, 2017

Tufts University researchers had recently discovered the brain to take an active part in bodily development well before…
First mutations in human life discovered

March 23, 2017

Archaeological traces of embryonic development seen in adult cells The earliest mutations of human life have been observed…
Scientists create artificial mouse ’embryo’ from stem cells for first time

March 3, 2017

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have managed to create a structure resembling a mouse embryo in culture,…
Researchers turn stem cells into somites, precursors to skeletal muscle, cartilage and bone

February 8, 2017

Adding just the right mixture of signaling molecules — proteins involved in development — to human stem cells…
Transporter of thyroid hormones is crucial for the embryonal development of the brain

February 8, 2017

Thyroid hormones are very important for the development of the brain. And when the transporters of these hormones…
Handedness arises from genes in the spinal cords of embryos

February 7, 2017

Our nervous systems have left-right differences that are important for correct functioning. Handedness is probably the best known…
Researchers discover method to stabilize X chromosomes in human embryonic stem cells

December 17, 2016

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have published two…
Protein points cells in the right direction for migrations in developing tissues

November 20, 2016

CDC-42 GTPase is required for shaping skin tissue in embryonic C. elegans The stretching and growth of skin…
Hopping genes provide clue to frog’s origin

October 24, 2016

An international team of researchers have decoded the genetic sequence of the African clawed frog, an important model…
How to make a neuron?

October 6, 2016

A novel mechanism used in the generation of neurons has just been uncovered A research team led by Diogo…
Newly discovered gene critical to embryo’s first days

September 18, 2016

A previously unknown gene plays a critical part in the development of the human embryo during the first…
Scientists watch as water fleas take over new territory

July 21, 2016

Look into any nutrient-rich pond almost anywhere in the world and you will find Daphnia pulex, a tiny…
Researchers find human development’s first gear

June 30, 2016

Team identify that 4 genes act for just a few hours in the earliest stage of human development…
A gene called Prkci helps organize organisms and their organs

June 14, 2016

A gene called Prkci can point cells in the right direction, according to a new study in Developmental Biology.…
Biologists Find How Plants Reconstitute Stem Cells

May 22, 2016

Stem cells are typically thought to have the intrinsic ability to generate or replace specialized cells. However, a…
Placental RNA may help protect embryo from viruses

May 9, 2016

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed…
New method allows first look at key stage of human development, embryo implantation

May 6, 2016

Despite significant biomedical advances in recent decades, the very earliest events of human development­—those that occur during a…
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