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Discovery concerning the nervous system overturns a previous theory

5 days ago

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…
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…
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