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Cortical Microcircuit Assembly: The Migratory Path Matters

Posted by on June 10th, 2015

By Peng Kate Gao Developmental neuroscience has traditionally focused on understanding the structural assembly of the nervous system. However, recently it has increasingly been recognized that development also plays a key role in orchestrating the functional assembly of neural circuits1. The neocortex, the center of higher functions in the mammalian brain, can be characterized by its stereotypic lamination at[…]

Molecular Control of Embryonic Development

Posted by on May 22nd, 2015

On the twentieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for research in fly embryonic development By Peng Kate Gao 2015 marks the twentieth year since developmental biologists Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric F. Wieschaus won the Nobel Prize for their discoveries on the genetic control of early embryonic development (Figure 1). This anniversary is[…]