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Birds take flight with help from Sonic hedgehog

Posted by on May 6th, 2020

A Press Release from Development Flight feathers are amazing evolutionary innovations that allowed birds to conquer the sky. A study led by Matthew Towers (University of Sheffield, UK) and Marian Ros (University of Cantabria, Spain) and published in the journal Development now reveals that flight feather identity is established thanks to Sonic hedgehog – a[…]

How The Bird Got Its Beak

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

Nature’s most interesting secrets can sometimes be found in our own backyards. One such secret is related to all birds, those pigeons, thrushes and sparrows that we see everyday. This familiarity means that we do not think too much of birds passing them by on our way to work or school. However, if the birds[…]

A day in the life of… a chick lab

Posted by on November 21st, 2013

Hi I’m Steve and I work in the Sensory Development lab at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. We study the development of the chick inner ear. I haven’t always been in a chick lab – during my Ph.D. at The University of York I used Xenopus, so it was really nice[…]

Avian Model Systems 7: Nagoya Chick Meeting

Posted by on February 21st, 2012

    After the devastating earthquake last year forced us to cancel the chick meeting, we are happy to announce that the next chick meeting will be held in Nagoya, Japan. The meeting will be held from 14th to 18th November 2012. Please check the website for further details. (+6 rating, 6 votes)Loading…