Developmental Biology News
June 17, 2019

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Researchers shed light on the important role that microbial genes, like those from viruses, can play in insect and ... read more
Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. By creating mutant plants, researchers ... read more
Using advanced technologies to explore the inner workings of bacteria, biologists have provided the first example of cargo ... read more
New findings challenge the long-standing idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as ... read more
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Taking the 'Killer' out of Natural Killer Cells

The virus responsible for chickenpox and shingles employs a powerful strategy of immune evasion, inhibiting the ability of natural killer cells to destroy infected cells and produce molecules that ... read more

Scientists once thought that neurons, or possibly heart cells, were the oldest cells in the body. Now, researchers have discovered that the mouse brain, liver and pancreas contain populations of ... read more

A new study using mouse neural crest tissue reveals how primitive, undifferentiated cells choose their adult fate. The findings help explain how some neural crest cells become craniofacial cells, ... read more

Researchers have shown that translation of the genetic information stored in our DNA is much more complex than previously thought. This discovery was made by developing a type of advanced microscopy ... read more

The Bacteria Building Your Baby

Researchers have laid to rest a longstanding controversy: is the womb sterile? A new study used uniquely rigorous contamination controls to confirm that exposure to bacteria begins in the womb -- and ... read more

'Cells Eating Cells' Is a Double-Whammy for Cell Health

Mathematicians have developed a model tested by experiment that shows cell cannibalism is an important driver in the build-up of cholesterol and other harmful ... read more

Using Physics to Print Living Tissue

Bioprinting is a relatively new technology that has advanced mostly by trial and error. Scientists are now using the laws of physics and predictive computer modeling to improve these techniques and ... read more

New Genes out of Nothing

One key question in evolutionary biology is how novel genes arise and develop. Researchers now show how new genes and functions that are advantageous to bacteria can be selected from random DNA ... read more

Tolerance to Stress Is a 'Trade-Off' as Fruit Flies Age

With the help of the common fruit fly (D. melanogaster), which ages quickly because it only lives about 60 days, neuroscientists provide insights into healthy aging by investigating the effects of a ... read more

Researchers Discover Cells That Change Their Identity During Normal Development

The ability of a developed cell to transform into another type of cell is exceptionally rare. But UVA researchers have discovered this in ... read more

Sweet! How C. Difficile Toxin A Enters Intestinal Cells

Clostridiodes difficile infection has become a leading cause of severe, sometimes fatal diarrheal illness, with the bacterium's toxins causing the damage. New work cements our knowledge of how ... read more

Major Stem Cell Discovery to Boost Research Into Development and Regenerative Medicine

A new approach has enabled researchers to create Expanded Potential Stem Cells (EPSCs) of both pig and human cells. The research has incredible potential for studying human development and ... read more

In-Situ Measurement of 3D Protein Structure Inside Living Eukaryotic Cells

Nuclear magnetic resonance measurement and state-of-the-art computational science reveal protein structures in higher eukaryotic ... read more

Intranasal Stem Cell Therapy Restores Smell in Mice

A stem cell therapy delivered into the nose can restore the sense of smell in a mouse model of olfactory loss. The findings provide proof of principle for an approach that has the potential to be of ... read more

New Genetic Engineering Strategy Makes Human-Made DNA Invisible

Scientists have developed a new technique to genetically engineer bacteria by making human-made DNA invisible to a bacterium's defenses. In theory, the method can be applied to almost any type ... read more

Structure of a 'Master Switch' Controlling Cell Division

Unregulated cell division is a hallmark of cancer, and one of the key proteins involved in controlling cell division is called FoxM1. Abnormal activation of FoxM1 is a common feature of cancer cells ... read more

Finding a Cell's True Identity

In a bid to reveal even more distinctive differences and similarities, researchers have developed two new artificial intelligence methods that decipher complex gene activity controlling cell fate ... read more

New Tool for Understanding Cells in Health and Disease

A new analysis platform called CellBench is helping to interpret large biological datasets from single-cell studies. Accurately interpreting these complex datasets is crucial for understanding the ... read more

New computational analysis finds that more than two dozen human zinc finger transcription factors, previously thought to control activity of similar genes across species have in fact human-specific ... read more

More Than a Protein Factory: A Role for Ribosomes in Regulating Human Gene Expression

Researchers have discovered a new function of ribosomes in human cells that may show the protein-making particle's role in destroying healthy mRNAs, the messages that decode DNA into ... read more

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