DNA methylation, developmental biology
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate
Kerry Grens | Sep 27, 2017
Adding or removing water changes how stem cells differentiate.
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 20, 2017
OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Abby Olena | Sep 11, 2017
A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.
The Role of DNA Base Modifications
The Role of DNA Base Modifications
Skirmantas Kriaucionis | Sep 1, 2017
Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.
Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA
Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA
Skirmantas Kriaucionis | Aug 31, 2017
To expand the basic nucleotide alphabet, many species modify their DNA with epigenetic marks.
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Snake Sex Determination Dogma Overturned
Abby Olena | Jul 6, 2017
Researchers find that boas and pythons use an XY sex chromosome system, rather than the previously assumed ZW system found in some other snakes.
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Fetal Immune System Operational by Second Trimester
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2017
Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.
Macrophages Physically Relay Signals Between Cell Types
Macrophages Physically Relay Signals Between Cell Types
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2017
Time-lapse imaging shows the immune cells transferring chemical signals during pigment pattern formation in developing zebrafish.
Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes
Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes
Catherine Offord | Apr 30, 2017
Immune cells called macrophages shuttle cellular messages in the skin.