BRAIN IN A DISH: A micrograph of a brain organoid showing neural precursors (magenta) alongside deep-layer projection neurons (green), one of the cell types affected by autism risk gene mutations, according to a recently published Nature study. Posted: February 3, 2022
Paola Arlotta’s laboratory at Harvard University and Kwanghun Chung’s lab at MIT
MATTERS OF THE HEART: Duke University researchers developed a platform to deliver the genetic instructions into mouse hearts to express bacterial sodium-ion channels (blue). Posted: February 8, 2022
Tianyu Wu, Duke University
LEAPIN’ BEETLES: A recent paper in PLOS ONE detailed the previously unreported jumping behavior of lined flat bark beetle larvae (Laemophloeus biguttatus). Posted: January 20, 2022
HORSES OF YORE: Researchers sequenced DNA from the skeletons of horse-like animals unearthed in Syria in the early 2000s and determined that they were fabled hybrids called kungas, the earliest-known hybrids bred by humans. Posted: January 14, 2022
BACK TANK DRIVER: Scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel tested the ability of several goldfish to navigate a waterless environment while piloting a specially made vehicle they controlled by swimming in small aquariums. Posted: January 12, 2022
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