list : Developmental Biology

  • Nusse wins $3 million Breakthrough Prize

    The developmental biologist was honored for helping to decode how Wnt signaling proteins affect embryonic development, cancer and the activity of tissue-specific adult stem cells that repair damage after injury or disease.

  • What microballoons could reveal about gut

    A microballoon that fits inside a fruit fly intestine could help scientists understand the forces or nutrients responsible for signaling the intestine to grow or shrink in response to food.

  • When prions don’t cause mad cow disease

    Researchers have found nearly 50 helpful prions in yeast and comparable proteins in humans, suggesting that this dreaded protein type can boost survival and plays a role in evolution.

  • How Zika affects cranial precursor cells

    New research shows that cranial neural crest cells can be infected by the Zika virus, causing them to secrete high levels of cytokines that can affect neurons in the developing brain.

  • How age affects pancreatic function

    A Stanford-led national collaboration to procure and analyze human pancreatic tissue from deceased donors illustrates how the organ’s function changes as we age, and could point the way toward new diabetes treatments.

  • Variations in regulatory regions predict disease

    Researchers have found that analyzing mutations in regions of the genome that control genes can predict medical conditions such as hypertension, narcolepsy and heart problems.

  • What matters to Lucy Shapiro

    After a career packed with discoveries, the developmental biologist has turned her attention to the threat of emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

  • Gene regulation linked to weight bearing

    A study of the tiny stickleback fish led to the identification of a genomic region possibly linked to modifications in human toes and feet that enable upright walking.

  • Viral genetic material aids human development

    Genetic residue from ancient viral infections has been repurposed to play a vital role in acquiring pluripotency, the developmental state that allows a fertilized human egg to become all the cells in the body.