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Scientists identify new puberty-promoting genes

Posted by on November 5th, 2019

Press release from Development. You can also read the associated Research Highlight for this article. A team of neuroscientists led by Professor Christiana Ruhrberg (UCL, UK) and Professor Anna Cariboni (University of Milan, Italy) have found two molecules that work together to help set up the sense of smell and pave the way to puberty[…]

Starvation halts brain development, but hungry cells jump-start growth when food becomes available

Posted by on October 25th, 2019

In research that holds potential for prenatal health and brain injury, Scripps Research scientists identify cellular workings that stop and restart early brain development. Press release from Scripps Research, La Jolla.  We all know that food is essential to healthy development of the brain and body, especially in the earliest stages of life. But exactly[…]

250-million-year-old evolutionary remnants seen in muscles of human embryos

Posted by on October 1st, 2019

Press release from Development. A team of evolutionary biologists, led by Dr. Rui Diogo at Howard University, USA, and writing in the journal Development, have demonstrated that numerous atavistic limb muscles – known to be present in many limbed animals but usually absent in adult humans – are actually formed during early human development and then[…]

The birth of vision

Posted by on September 9th, 2019

By decoding the genetic mechanisms that control the neurons of the visual system, researchers at UNIGE are unveiling the first steps in the construction of vision, paving the way for regenerative eye medicine. A Press Release from the University of Geneva.   How is the retina formed? And how do neurons differentiate to become individual[…]

Turning back the clock of neural progenitor cells: a simple recipe to generate de novo retinal ganglion cells

Posted by on August 12th, 2019

Press release for a new Development paper on reprogramming in the retina. Scientists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany, discovered that a single transcription factor drives retinal progenitor cells to reacquire the potency to generate Retinal ganglion cells. The[…]

Regenerating human retinal ganglion cells in the dish to inform glaucoma treatment

Posted by on July 4th, 2019

You can also read the Research Highlight for this press released article. The capacity of the human central nervous system to regenerate after injury or illness is limited, and the resulting functional impairments carry a vast societal and personal burden. In glaucoma, degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) – the axons of which form the[…]

Drinking alcohol even at conception damages placenta development

Posted by on June 10th, 2019

Press release from Development. You can also read the Research Highlight for this article. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has been linked to poor growth of the placenta, causing conditions such as fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. Although most women cease drinking once they know they are pregnant, the effect of alcohol during the[…]

How the snail’s shell got its coil

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science, Japan, have used CRISPR gene editing technology to make snails with shells that coil the ‘wrong’ way, providing insights into the fundamental basis of left-right asymmetry in animals. These findings were recently published in Development. If you look at a snail’s shell, the chances are it will coil[…]

New research uncovers how hot fish change sex

Posted by on April 23rd, 2019

Press release from Development. You can also read the Research Highlight for this article. Researchers have identified the hormone that causes sex reversal of medaka fish growing in high temperatures. This study from the Instituto Tecnologico de Chascomus (INTECH) in Argentina is the first to report that the brain is involved in the masculinization of[…]

Surprise findings turn up the temperature on the study of vernalization

Posted by on February 15th, 2019

Press Release from the John Innes Centre (link) New evidence has emerged about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather fluctuations.     Vernalization is the process by which plants require prolonged exposure to cold temperature before they transition from the vegetative state to[…]