Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

developmental biology
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Bacteria in the gut influence the production of antibodies and themselves secrete metabolites. In a pregnant woman, these compounds may influence immune development of her fetus.
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Ruth Williams | Jul 22, 2021
Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Abby Olena | Jun 3, 2021
Researchers identify live bacteria in fetal guts, skin, lungs, and placentas that activate memory T cells, indicating that early exposure to microbes could help educate the developing immune system.
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
Abby Olena | May 20, 2021
The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.
Human-Monkey Chimeras Shed Light on Development
Human-Monkey Chimeras Shed Light on Development
Abby Olena | Apr 15, 2021
Human stem cells injected into early monkey embryos proliferate and contribute to multiple cell lineages over 20 days of embryonic development.
Lab-Grown Mouse Embryos Form Limbs and Organs
Lab-Grown Mouse Embryos Form Limbs and Organs
Lisa Winter | Mar 19, 2021
The embryos completed one-third of their total gestation outside of a uterus.
Human Blastocyst-Like Structures Made in the Lab
Human Blastocyst-Like Structures Made in the Lab
Abby Olena | Mar 17, 2021
Two new papers describe the generation of so-called blastoids, which could avoid the use of embryonic cells and make studying early human development much more accessible.
High Profile Developmental Biologist Lewis Wolpert Dies at 91
High Profile Developmental Biologist Lewis Wolpert Dies at 91
Shawna Williams | Feb 16, 2021
Wolpert, who conducted research at University College London, was known for his work on morphogenesis and pattern development in embryos and for his multiple books and broadcast appearances.
A Simple Genetic Change Adds Limb-Like Bones to Zebrafish Fins
A Simple Genetic Change Adds Limb-Like Bones to Zebrafish Fins
Abby Olena | Feb 5, 2021
A gain-of-function mutation in a single gene reveals ancient limb-forming capacity that has been preserved for hundreds of millions of years.
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2021
The University of California, Davis, professor is a pioneer in teasing apart the changes in gene expression that drive root development.
Identical Twins Accumulate Genetic Differences in the Womb
Identical Twins Accumulate Genetic Differences in the Womb
Catherine Offord | Jan 7, 2021
DNA replication errors during cell division cause monozygotic twins to diverge from each other even during the earliest stages of development, a new study finds.
Developmental Biologist Kathryn Anderson Dies at 68
Developmental Biologist Kathryn Anderson Dies at 68
Amanda Heidt | Jan 6, 2021
The Sloan Kettering researcher used mutagenic screening to probe genes and molecular pathways, including Toll and Hedgehog, essential to development in fruit flies and mice.
Regulators of Gene Activity in Animals Are Deeply Conserved
Regulators of Gene Activity in Animals Are Deeply Conserved
Amanda Heidt | Nov 6, 2020
Enhancers, short regions of DNA that direct gene expression, of species separated by 700 million years of evolution worked interchangeably, according to a new study.
Infographic: Anatomical Construction by Cell Collectives
Infographic: Anatomical Construction by Cell Collectives
Michael Levin | Sep 1, 2020
Understanding this complex and still largely enigmatic process will pave the way for researchers to control the development of new morphologies.
How Groups of Cells Cooperate to Build Organs and Organisms
How Groups of Cells Cooperate to Build Organs and Organisms
Michael Levin | Sep 1, 2020
Understanding biology’s software—the rules that enable great plasticity in how cell collectives generate reliable anatomies—is key to advancing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.